How to Spread Your Spiritual Wings and Fly

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Fear of flying ranks high on the list of phobias in our country, no doubt partly because of 9-1-1. But what about the fear of flying “spiritually?” What makes Christians so chickenhearted about spreading their wings? And how can we overcome our fear and find the freedom God wants for all His children?

But before we look at some steps we can take when we find our spiritual planes are grounded, let’s look at what flying “spiritually” means. To some, it may mean overcoming any fears that keep you from serving God the way you want. To others, it may mean discovering–and living up to your full potential in Christ. And to others, it may mean learning how to make the best of what life has dealt you.

Whatever it may mean to you, here are six steps that may help you spread your spiritual wings and fly.”

1. Admit Your Desire to Fly

Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness (Psalm 55:5-7, NIV).  Ever feel like you “wanna get away?” King David the Psalmist did. In these verses he agonized over the betrayal and treachery of his trusted counselor Ahithophel and his own rebellious son, Absalom. He longed for escape, just to get away from it all.

Many of us have uttered that same prayer, stemming from weariness, overwhelming cirumstances, or extreme discouragement, maybe even an unexplained fear that someone–or something–has clipped our wings permanently. But getting away is not always the solution. God often uses unpleasant or stressful situations to push us to the edge of our current “nest.” Tell Him you really want to move beyond your current state. Tell Him you want to fly.

2. Confess Your Fears and Excuses for Remaining Grounded.

Afraid of falling, or worse, afraid of failing? Not strong enough! Not smart enough! Too old! Too young! “Flying” is too risky! Don’t like surprises! Sometimes listing our fears and excuses in black and white helps us connect visually with what really makes us fearful. In one particular season of my life, I allowed fear of failure to keep me grounded. In still another season, I encountered a fear of success. But when I examined those fears through God’s microscope, I saw them reduced to a minute and workable size.

 3. Be Willing to Move Beyond Your Comfort Zone.

You’ve always done it this way? Try a different approach. Stretch yourself. Trust God more. Worry less. Challenge yourself in small ways if necessary, and reward yourself for every accomplishment, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. When He knows you want to give Him the glory, God wants you to succeed! In church ministry through the years, God stretched me by allowing me to teach in various age groups. I ultimately discovered the one that fit the most, but God taught me much about trusting Him when I was willing to try something new.

4. Consider the Alternative

You can stay where you are and never take a risk, but you might miss the adventure God has planned for you. God never asks us to take impossible risks on our own. Abram (Abraham) left everything familiar to travel to an unknown destination (Genesis 12) that God would show him. But the adventure was God’s idea, not Abram’s. And it required a constant trust in God’s ability to lead–and that what God had promised would ultimately materialize. A son in his 90s? Impossible. But not to God. Abraham’s obedience to “fly” with wings of faith resulted ultimately in blessing for us as faith believers, too. But what if he hadn’t obeyed?

What blessings will me miss out on because we refuse to trust God, or because we’re  too fearful to obey His voice?

 5. Ask Yourself: What’s the Worst Thing That Could Happen to Me?

When accepting a new writing challenge, I sometimes ask myself this question–and then answer it: “I could fail. I could be called foolish. Some might laugh at my attempts. I could net a ton of rejections. It might be too hard.” For years it felt “safe” for me to write greeting cards, magazine articles, and other shorter, inspirational pieces. I could do it easily and earn a decent income. But I always wanted to write a book. I was faced with a choice: stay where it was familiar, or branch out and try to “fly.” Eleven books later, I am still enjoying that adventure God has allowed. I still write other inspirational things, but I would never have added “author” to my resume had I not been willing to stretch my wings.

6. Identify What Flying Means to You

Do you want bolder faith? To take a risk and tell a friend about Jesus? Would you like to teach a class or age you’ve never tried before? Want to attempt a new vocation? Try a new business? Start a new ministry? Love a difficult relative? Speak up for justice? Go on a mission trip? Overcome a debilitating habit? Grow deeper spiritually?

One of the most beautiful truths about being God’s child is the realization that we can find wings even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Whatever spiritual freedom means to you, God wants you to spread your wings and “fly.” Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) gives us a great promise:

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Like a mother eagle, God may have to push us toward the edge of our comfy nests to get us ready to fly. And like baby eaglets we may resist, fearing the flight. But just like the eagle, our faithful Father watches and waits nearby to catch us until we can fly on our own (Deuteronomy 32:11).

Our job? Wait on Him; listen for His voice; and watch for His “nudge.” The freedom is in the trusting.

A Personal Prayer for You

Lord, what a wonderful and patient Father You are. Grant us the spiritual freedom to know You more deeply. We confess our doubts, our fears, and our hesitancy to trust You more. We wait on You, Lord. Help us to be sensitive enough to feel the nudge of Your Spirit. We long to soar on spiritual wings like eagles and experience all that You have planned for Your children.

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

It’s Your Turn to Comment

What about you? What’s keeping you from spreading your wings and flying? How has God helped you find your “wings?” I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Your words might encourage someone today! You will not be hounded, prodded, or automatically added to my mailing list if you do so. Feel free to email this Christian blog to someone or to re-post on FacebookTwitter, or other social media, using the buttons below. If you want to re-post any of my blogs on your own blog or website, please contact me for permission first. And if you’d like to, you can sign up for my blog/newsletter and updates at the top of this website page/sidebar. Your e-mail address will never be sold or given to anyone!

 

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    5 Responses to “How to Spread Your Spiritual Wings and Fly”

    1. maritess sanchez on September 27th, 2012 5:21 pm

      Hello beloved! I want to share you my heart, today.
      Look around and see; what nations surround Israel? Its the Muslim world! I remember what God said about Israel (and not the Gentiles), “Isreal will be a light to the nations.” Now, our hearts may be filled with rage, grief, hate for the Muslim nations yet God is the opposite of all of these emotions. We think what we want to think or believed in; yet God’s thoughts are higher; God’s ways are not man’s. I dare any one to move that GeoCorona around the planet Earth; watch, without that thin mist of life we all …………. will stop breathing!
      Thank you.

    2. Kimberly Jo on April 10th, 2013 8:35 am

      Thanks so much,Rebecca….for the wonderful insights,and encouragement…..just to add these thoughts that came to me….after I read your thoughts on flying.Firsrt,I love how you acknowledge,we as humans,all have a spark in us,where we long to fly! When we say,”We’ re soaring in our spirit,it could mean,so many things.Perhaps….we are trusting God,to lead,just to the next step as we go.We might be soaring,like an eagle…….flying high for and in Jesus,when we walk in His spirit of mercy,love and truths that he taught….that is a type of spiritual soaring! As you’ve said,we may simply trust God,to finally overcome a long withstanding fear or fears…..however big or small.And the beauty is…..no matter how many times,we fail,or fall,or may give up………we have,The God of the entire universe,who holds the world in His hands……who does not give up on us! How we long for dreams,and abilities in us to be fulfilled…….He knows,He sees…….and He is working in us,for His good pleasure….for the good,and reasons we may not see.Sometimes we are in the deepest,darkest night of our life,and the storm rages….,yet God leads us and helps us,to find a way to fly through the storm…..trusting…that the peace of God that surpasses all unserstanding will guard our heart and mind in Christ Jesus…According to the law of aerodynamics…..a bumble bee should not be able to fly…….but it does! God help us all….whatever spiritual,geographical,emotional,successful,etc,journies we encounter in this life…..God help us to remember…….we have a pilot on our side,willing and able to make the journey with us! No matter where we are in life,whether broken or healed…..whoever we are…..we have a co_pilot who is willing to fly with us,on our journey of life.And He calls to everyone and anyone who will come to Him…..”For God so loved the world,that He gave His only begotten Son,that whosoever believes in Him,will not perish,but have Eternal life.John 3:16.I hope one day,when our time is complete on this earth……and we take our final flight…..we will trust in His gift of salvation……to get us to heaven,our Eternal home!

    3. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on April 10th, 2013 9:09 am

      Thanks, Kimberly, for stopping by and for your encouraging comments!

    4. Carrie Howell on June 22nd, 2013 10:29 pm

      I love your book Dayvotions for Mothers!!
      Thank you Jesus! Glory to God!

    5. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on June 23rd, 2013 6:57 pm

      Carrie, Thanks for your note! I’m so glad you like Day-votions for Mothers!

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