God has created us and redeemed us to soar with him.
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“Then we will no longer be immature like children.
We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching.
We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love,
growing in every way more and more like Christ,
who is the head of his body, the church.”
Ephesians 4:14-15 New Living Translation
I wonder if this balloon had aspirations of soaring like the one high in the early morning, Colorado sky. There were no guarantees that this balloon would eventually launch. The weather had changed. With every ticking second the atmosphere was a little warmer and the breeze a little stronger. Toward the end of the launch, there were a hand full of balloons which never took off.
Whether this balloon left the ground or not, it was created to fly.
You and I have been created to fly. God has handcrafted each one of us, yet it seems that we’re grounded more times than not. Why? If God created and redeemed us to fly, why can’t we seem to get enough air in our balloons and sail into our great adventure?
Paul suggests that it’s the turkey’s that keep us grounded. Even though turkeys are birds, they will never soar like eagles. I know a man who has never flown because he believe a lie that his father spoke to him from a very young age. His father told him that he would never amount to anything, so he has given up. He is yet to fly.
It’s time that we stop believing the lies that either we, or others, tell ourselves. We are the redeemed of God, brought near to God through the bloody sacrifice of Jesus. We have been baptized into Christ through the one Spirit. God sings over us. He rejoices over us. He celebrates over us as the father rejoiced over his prodigal son who return.
We may not be soaring yet. We might still need God’s Spirit to fill our balloon with encouraging words, yet we look forward to that day when God’s people will soar into eternity. The One who is flying high above our lives has made us that promise.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner