In my younger years, I used to have a stress-dream that would reoccur every once in a while. In my dream I was supposed to fly. Fighting the laws of gravity to make it happen, the biggest challenge for me always was the takeoff. – On a side note, it had never occurred to me to simply ask for help. I was used to trying harder and harder – even if it was more than I could bear. If this sounds like you, stop it! Reality check: Constant work overload will ruin your health, and that’s simply not worth it – whatever you’re trying to achieve.
Back to my dream: sometimes I was actually able to part with the ground, and once I was up there, it was easy cruising, like sailing with the wind. Unfortunately, these glorious moments were just fleeting. – I rarely got to fly, and mostly I had to work incredibly hard to take off.
Obviously, we weren’t born to fly. Birds are. From the earliest times though, there have been legends of men mounting flying devices. The Chinese have understood that hot air rises and have applied this principle to a type of small hot air balloon called “sky lantern”. Fueled by the rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s realization that manpower alone was not sufficient for sustained flight, various designs of flying machines were attempted in the 17th century, but it took two more centuries to get to the powered, controlled flight pattern that we’re familiar with today.
Sophisticated technology gave mankind wings; however, have you ever noticed that our souls, too, crave freedom from gravity? As problems weigh us down and sore disappointments crush us, we want to escape such turmoil by spreading our wings and fly. On this note, in the book of Psalms King David wrote (Psalm 55:5-6):
“Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, ‘Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.’”
Gravity is not on our side, my friend! The good news is that wings are given to our soul – not only to fight gravity, but to beat it. We are not designed to be held down. God’s intention is to lift our spirits and reunite us with Him. We are created to look up, not to look down! Whether it’s looking down on people or constantly hovering over a problem – looking down is the wrong approach; it means we are not appreciating the wings God has given us.
I believe our Creator has designed our souls to soar. Our souls are really little flying machines! Only trouble is: we have to discover our wings. So – what is holding you back? Why not looking up instead of down? Why not use the wings God has given you?
A free soul is a beautiful thing! Under the shadow of God’s wings we are free to live, free to love, free to be the way we were meant to be. And being who we are – what could be better than that?
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise” Paul McCartney / John Lennon