Saturday, March 8, 2014


We all get tired.

We all get busy.

We forget that God delights in us and wants us to delight in Him. That's hard to do when we keep ourselves so busy that we go from one thing to another and forget to be fully present in each moment.

My desire is that we "become like little children" again to rediscover the childlike wonder and awe we once had. 

So often we put chains on ourselves or allow others to do so, and we live such fixed and rigid lives that we forget how we were meant to live.

We forget to ask questions, to slow down, to sit outside, to observe creation, to be quiet and listen.

There is beauty all around us if we will just look for it.  There is a freedom in being honest with ourselves, allowing ourselves grace, not being afraid of the hard things.

We serve a God who is awesome, who knows us better than we know ourselves, is not afraid of our questions, and who wants our love and adoration. Let's break our chains and seek with our whole being to know God as fully as we can! Let's spread our wings and fly!


They said it was impossible, but she knew she could do it.
They said she must stay in her safe little box, but she felt trapped.
They said she would die if she stepped out of it, but she knew they were wrong.
They said she was not good enough, but she knew they were lying.
They did all they could to keep her down.

What could she do?
How could she make them understand?

"Why do we have wings if we were meant to stay in these little boxes?
What are you all afraid of?" she cried, "I cannot stay like this!"

They recoiled in horror upon hearing these questions.
How dare she doubt the way things have always been done!
Why was she so wild and untameable?

Slowly she stood up and stretched out her wings
Oh, how good it felt to open them to their widest span
Everyone gasped, but she felt empowered  

***photo by Gayl Wright

Timidly approaching the edge of her box
She paused,
Gazed into the sky
And jumped...                                      

What a glorious sensation  -
the wind blowing across her face,
the grace with which she flew across the sky.
It was exhilarating!

Making her way back she saw the others still cowering
Please,” she pleaded, ”This is what we were made for. Come join me!”

***photo credit Jennifer Upton

Let's break our chains and seek with our whole being to know God as fully as we can! Let's spread our wings and fly!

I'm linking this with Kelly Balarie's #raralinkup, a place where we can come to cheer each other on. You will find many encouraging posts there.

This poem was originally written during a write in for an online group and shared on their blog, which no longer exists. The prompt was: "She flew."      

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