Tag Archive | flight

Wings Spread

Fly high

Above the earth

Wings spread to their full width

To catch the uplifting currents

Always.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…(Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

(The above poem is a cinquain, a form I will be exploring a lot in the next little while.)

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ABCs of Flight

Airborne

Beautiful clouds

Direction

Endless, fantastic glory

Happiness inspired

Joy kindly, lovingly manifest

No obstacles

Perfect quest

Rising

Soaring

Trusting

Unbelievable variety

Wonder

eXcitement

Youthful zeal

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:6-8 NIV)

Number One Thing

Yesterday

I shared some things

I still need to learn

New directions

More distant destinations

But this morning

As I was thinking about

The things I can do

The things I could do

I began to consider

The things I should do

The things I was created to do

While I can dream of

Many desirable destinations

I may find

As I draw closer

That they’re

Not quite what I’d imagined

Other destinations

Those that

At first

Did not seem appealing

Are actually where I’m meant to go

And if that is the case

They will most certainly

Be worth the flight

Whether it be through

Updrafts

Downdrafts

Crosswinds

Even

The occasional

Storm

Today

While I consider

My destination

And

What I need for my flight

I realize

The number one thing is

Wisdom

And lots of it

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5 NIV).

Things to Learn

To often I’ve been known to jump without a parachute.

Thankfully Grace caught me every time.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have things to learn.

I do.

Jumping repeatedly without a parachute…

Definitely a bad idea.

So what does this jumper have to learn?

As a spender,

I need to learn to save.

As a impulsive individual,

I have to learn to think things through…

At least sometimes.

As someone who loves the potential of cyberspace…

New friends, new knowledge, new opportunities…

I have to remind myself

I still need to live in the real world.

As someone who loves socializing online,

I have to limit my time doing so.

I have work to do.

A family to take care of.

Friends to interact with – in person.

As someone who recently had a tire blow when traveling 60 mph,

I have to remember everything can change

In an instant.

Have I done everything I can to prepare for big changes?

Not yet.

A good place to start…

Do what I know to do.

Learn what I’ve yet to learn.

And definitely

Fly every day.

“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother” (Proverbs 4:1-3 NIV).

 

Just Jump

From yesterday’s post…

I know I’ll never soar

If I stay safely in the plane…

Or on the precipice…

Or wherever…

If I refuse to budge

I’ll never get anywhere.

I have much to learn.

But I do have

Enough basic knowledge

To jump.

I’m trying an experiment next week.

Instead of making numerous

Low-level jumps

Every day,

I’m going to ascend higher

So I can travel

Much farther

With one destination in sight.

I’m starting today

By limiting my presence

In cyberspace

And spending time

Face-to-face.

The experiment

Begins in earnest

On Monday.

Then I’ll share

Things I’ve yet to learn.

…let us live up to what we have already attained (Philippians 3:16 NIV).

Wind in My Wings

You may not see them,

But I know they’re always there.

I have wings.

Some days I keep them folded

And tucked in tight.

Other days I tentatively open them,

Timid about catching the current.

And then there are the best days,

The days I extend them fully

Even before I get out of bed.

Where’s the nearest cliff?

I have to jump off,

Knowing only then

Can I catch an updraft

And reach new heights.

For me

Opportunities equal cliffs.

But just because I come to the edge

Doesn’t mean I’m supposed to jump.

But there is real excitement

When I do.

This week I’ve jumped off

A few more.

I love the feeling of

The wind in my wings.

Tell me

What made you soar today?

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people (Galatians 6:10 NIV).