Fear of flying ranks high on the list of phobias in several countries. But what about the fear of flying “spiritually?”
What makes believers so afraid of spreading their wings? And how can we overcome our fear, move out of our comfortable zone and live as Christ wants for all His children?
God is looking for men and women who are after his own heart… who want to take their lives to the next level… who want to step out of the maze of mediocrity and live for something bigger than themselves!
Not strong enough! Not smart enough! Too old! No resources! Not attractive enough! Not educated/qualified! Too young! “Flying” is too risky! Don’t like surprises! – These are the excuses you have to move past…the list is endless.
If anything, your imperfections are flaws that make you unique. Those flaws are part of your custom design, and God planned them for his purpose and glory.
Your circumstances may be out of your control, but God is in control of everything. Your thoughts shape who you are, but you can change the way you think.
In one particular season of my life, I allowed fear of failure to keep me grounded. But when I examined those fears through God’s microscope, I saw them reduced to a minute and workable size.
You will never be able to make a change in your life or fulfill God’s purpose for your life until you understand that you are wonderfully complex and uniquely designed for God’s glory. He is calling you just the way you are.
Stretch yourself. Trust God more. Worry less. Challenge yourself in all ways 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 for a purpose. God taught me much about trusting Him when I was willing to try something new.
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).
Be willing to move beyond your comfort zone. 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.