But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. 
 Isaiah 40:31


                                        Hush little bird
                                          quit flapping your wings
                                        sit quietly in your nest
                                          close your eyes to everything.

                                        Hush little bird
                                           there will be a day to sing
                                        today is the day
                                           to listen in peace.

                                        There’s a voice in the breeze
                                           soft as a petal floating
                                        He’s singing a lullaby to you
                                           Do you hear His sweet melody?

                                         Hush little bird
                                            it is time to be still
                                         tomorrow you will fly
                                            with the wings of an eagle.

                                          ~Marcell Warner Bridges
                                             ©6 January 2015

Sometimes we try to rush ahead. Sometimes we are restless and just want to fly when we should be sitting still, listening.

the lessons are hard and long. Instead of waiting, we hop out of our
nest expecting to fly but we’re not ready, so we fall to the ground.

times we are in freefall. Not sure where we are going to land or when.
“Sometimes we need to freefall to teach us how to fly”. ¹

It’s scary out there you know. That place where you feel the call of the Lord to do something. You have the itch but you just can’t reach to scratch it?

Yeah. That restless tugging, pulling, beckoning to the unknown. Right now I’m identifying with Rebekah Lyons as she says, “I felt alone and uneasy. As if I were standing on the abyss of uncertainty.”¹ Yep. It is time to stop, look and listen.

Lately I’ve been reading Beth Moore’s devotional Portraits of Devotion  and here’s some notes I took the other day:

“Commitment requires focusing on God instead of myself. It calls for obedience – no matter what. Obedience requires trust and humility in God not in myself. Self-control is actually giving God control. When I allow God to control my thoughts and actions I can be obedient and can use self-control.”

Okay, you got that? Cause here’s the kicker! I was just doing my work in my new Bible study Freefall to Fly… not only is she using the same verses as my devotional from Beth Moore but um, well, here’s this…

“…God calls us to control ourselves, to be patient, kind and forgiving. Yet, He also calls us to true faith in Him – to use self-control to solely focus ourselves on His plan and purposes. To allow Him to guide us down unknown paths, even when that means uncertainty and struggle.”¹

As you might remember from last week my word for this year is “commit”. So as I freefall to fly I must learn to commit. Commit means I must learn to focus solely on God. But I must also learn to use self-control. So instead of looking down into that abyss of uncertainty I need to look up and focus my eyes on Jesus. Wait on Him (self-control) to show me when to spread those wings and fly.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
    I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
    until the danger passes by.
I cry out to God Most High,

    to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
 He will send help from heaven to rescue me,
    disgracing those who hound me. 

My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.
Psalm 57:1-3 (NLT)

¹Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey to a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons
² Portraits of Devotion by Beth Moore
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All Photos: © Karen L. Murphy Photography, 2015, Used with permission
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015

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