03 February 2020
Songs in the Darkness ~ Learning to Fly
Greetings Dear Reader,
Sunny bright mornings and pale moonlit nights
Keep me from feeling alone
Now, I'm learning to fly and this freedom is like
Nothing that I've ever known
There is an Opus and Bill film called A Wish for Wings that Work. It is basically about a penguin that wishes to fly and his adventure trying to get there. There is also the last of the fascinations and abilities mentioned in Radio Flyer. It is worth noting all seven:
There are seven lost secret fascinations and abilities. They are that: animals can talk; your favorite blanket is woven from a fabric so mighty, that once pulled over your head, it becomes an impenetrable force field, nothing is too heavy to lift with the aid of a cape; your hand held forefinger out and thumb up, actually fires bullets; jumping from any height with an umbrella is completely safe; monsters exist and can be both seen an done battle with; and the greatest, most special and regrettable loss of all: the ability to fly.
Somewhere along the way, we forget that we are meant to fly. We chase it in many ways that do not pan out. It is woven throughout fiction. We pretend that we can fly and even invent devices that help us break free of the ground for a bit. What we really desire, however, is to fly.
I am learning how, Dear Reader. No, I am not taking courses for a pilot’s license or wearing a glide suit and jumping off cliffs. I am learning just how free it is to only follow Christ. I am seeing just how much freedom and peace there is in dropping my expectations and demands. In putting together a few hard standards for my life, finding great freedom in riding these particular rails.
Here are the basics and they truly are yielding a level of freedom that I have never known. The first is that I will do my best to love the Father and humans with all that I am in every situation. Second, I am working to be lovingly unoffendable. This part is hard at times but it forces me back to the first and primary directive of love. There are moments when I have to resist the strong urge to become angry at an inappropriate level. It is a struggle worth winning.
The third aspect of this is the entire idea of moving all my life into the freedom provided in obeying the first two standards. Free of expectations and demands, I listen and move. I begin to accept the idea that there are subjective aspects to following Christ that others will not understand. I work toward the things I feel the Father wishes me to become. I will not try to move things that are out of my purview and I will interact with every situation with love to the best of my power.
If you need practical suggestions for how to work all this out, I am willing to share what I do, but please remember Dear Reader that your journey is not mine. Your path will unfold as it should and I may be able to guide you a little from my experience. What you must do is find it for yourself. I always was skeptical when others would say that I could not understand this from the outside. I have learned that it is true. I invite you to follow with me and discover it for yourself. We can learn to fly together if you like.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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