As kids, we all imagine what it would be like to fly. How awesome it would be to soar through the air with thick feathery wings, never to touch the ground. Experiencing the steep dives off of the highest peaks, and the terrifying close calls of each obstacle passed, would make anyone's heart drop.
A few days ago, I watched a sermon preached by T.D. Jakes about flying. He explained how a mother eagle pushes her baby out of the nest then lets her freefall, in hope she will fly. If the baby does not begin to fly on her own, then mamma swoops down and rescues her from plummeting to the ground. The mamma then soars to an enormous height only to drop the baby once again. Over and over the baby bird is put to the test until she finally catches the air and soars with freedom and strength. I cringe at the thought of being dropped time after time, but then I ponder to myself:
This is exactly how life goes! Our nests are shaken, and life throws us out into the open with no certainty that we will fly. No certainty that we will catch air like we are suppose to and begin to move with the wind. There is hope in the midst of uncertainty though....it's God. He knows the perfect time to shake the nest, the perfect time to take us to unimaginable heights and drop us, and the perfect time to save us from disaster. The scary part is that we don't know much of anything ! We don't trust ! Many of us don't even believe we could ever fly on our own.
Right now, I am literally smack dab in the middle of a flight test! And oh my gosh is it thrilling! A nest I thought I would never leave has been shaken! My whole world wobbling as I cry out to God for an explanation.
If I'm honest, I have to say that I wasn't ready. God also hasn't given me any other explanation besides saying that there was a need for change. So, here I am, in the midst of transition. I am slowly breaking ties with everything I've known for 3.5 years. Friends are changing, I'm changing churches, and I'm moving to a part of Phoenix I've never lived in before. My daughter is changing schools and I will soon have my certificate to be a personal trainer so my career will be changing too. I wasn't ready for a complete life-shift but the King of transformation knows what is necessary so I will continue to move forward. If you are going through something similar, we are in this together. We can move confidently knowing that our Daddy in heaven has our footprints already mapped out in the earth. All we have to do is fly freely and when we are ready to land, our footprints will be ready for us.
Andrea is a follower of Christ, determined to get unstuck from the previous chapters of her life. She takes brief glimpses at the past to retrieve life lessons. She writes to inspire others to join her in life's journey of moving forward.