Short Thought continued.....
A friend once made me an origami bird and on one of the wings it said:
‘Never be afraid of flying. Flying is learning to fall to the ground and not hit it.’
When a baby bird learns to fly it has to pass over this huge and very scary threshold
– it has to get out of the nest.
It will fall many times, it may get hurt and it may be stumbling on the ground for
a long time before it works up enough courage and strength to try again.
Just because it is a bird and has wings, doesn’t mean it is promised that
crossing this threshold and learning to fly will be easy and straightforward.
It is perhaps a similar principle for us as Christians.
Just because we have accepted Christ and follow Him in faith
doesn’t mean that we are promised that everything in our lives will be easy.
Sometimes it will be messy, sometimes we will fall and sometimes we will get hurt,
but just like a baby bird, we need to muster up enough
courage and strength to pick ourselves up and keep trying for God.
He never promised that it would be easy or straightforward
but He also never said that stumbling or falling is failing.
Sometimes it is that very fall that hurts you or frustrates you enough,
that gets you to get back up to find a way to move forward.
If baby birds didn’t find that strength from somewhere, there wouldn’t be any birds in the sky today.
They have their parents to teach and encourage them, we have someone even better. God.
‘But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.”'
(2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
We have the advantage that when we fall,
He is waiting to catch us, pick us up again,
Fly alongside us and ask ‘What will you try next?’
He wants us to succeed but sometimes we need to fail to work up enough wisdom,
strength and knowledge to be able to not just succeed, but succeed well.
So don’t be afraid of flying.
God is there to catch you when you fall and
give you the strength you need to try again and to keep going.
He is cheering you on all the way.
Will you fly for Him?
‘He was like an eagle hovering over its nest, overshadowing its young,
Then spreading its wings, lifting them into the air, teaching them to fly.’
(Deuteronomy 32:11 The Message)