“You must learn how to fly before you can run.” Confused? I remember leaning against the half escaping blanket as the cocktail of clothing and miscellaneous objects beautifully cluttered the floor. The organized mess mirrored the aura that seemed to clumsily descend as the words spilt into our conversation: “You must learn how to fly before you can run.”
“What does that mean?”
We were a good 48 hours into the new year. Way passed the “godly hours” of night, we pondered on moments experienced and gazed towards what was to be, then, the New Year. Challenged to go further, seek deeper and pursue harder, our hearts were eager to pounce onto the God band-wagon, “ready” to go where He would want us to go (1). There was a buzzing anticipation sparkling in each eye as thoughts of the journey ahead tugged on our being. And that is when we heard it. Streaming from the mouth of one of His children, the words sank into the pores of our skin attempting to find its way, and its home, into our hearts. The bustling vibrancy seemed to settle for a moment: “You must learn how to fly before you can run.” An elephant sheepishly walked into the room (figuratively speaking). We begged the million-dollar question: “What does that mean?”
Reason and experience has taught a great multitude of us that our human anatomy does not harbor the frame-work that enables us to lift from earths gravitational pull as the eagles do. Though Peter Pans fantastical façade is one we may have only dreamt about, our present reality are our feet. With them we stand. With them we walk. With them we run. How do we expect a non-winged creature to fly? How does a baby that can barely run (let alone walk) soar the sky with its feathered companions? The answer is simple. It cannot. Unless, however, a “winged carrier” is used.
“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagle’s wings and brought you to Myself”- God
Have you been running or have you been flying? Every time a person responds to Gods call to journey with Him, they would soon realize the feebleness and frailty of their human frame. “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted (2).” Our best resolve to follow the Lord, even amid earnest sincerity, falls short when our “carrier” is ourselves. God is not looking for those that are strong and fit. He is not looking for those that are able to “run” on their own. God is looking for those with hearts like children; those who negate their “strength” and “tenacity” to be thrown in the air by Abba. He is looking for those which He Himself can carry on His wings as they rest in His power, authority and might. When our dependency is fully thrust on God, we enter into an illustrious realm of awe and wonder. It is in that place where true strength is realized; strength that is founded solely on Him. As Oswald Chambers put it “Let the attitude of life be a continual ‘going out’ in dependence upon God, and your life will have an ineffable charm about it which is a satisfaction to Jesus. You have to learn to go out of convictions, out of creeds, out of experiences, until so far as your faith is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God (3).”
The countdown to another year is yet another way of God whispering to our souls that “the journey continues on.” We know not of the victories and tribulations ahead; of the pleasure and pain; of the tears and laughter. But what we do know is this: God. Will you run on your own? Or will you fly with Him? Happy New Year.
“Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.” – Deuteronomy 32:11-12
At His Feet…
3. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest