Never give up the dream of flying

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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Emma Kate, my 2-year-old granddaughter, approached me with a pair of costume ladybug wings in her hand. She waited as I placed the wings on her back, then as she walked away, she tripped over a nearby rocker. I helped to pick her up and once on her feet she quickly pulled the wings from her back and threw them to the floor. Nothing I said would convince her that it was the rocker that caused her fall, not the wings.

I watched Emma Kate move on to something else as I picked up the discarded wings and wondered if adults sometimes do the same thing. When we stumble, do we ever blame the wrong thing?

If someone breaks a confidence, do we deal with that individual, or do we give up on all friendships?

If a relationship ends with disappointment, do we allow ourselves to heal from the hurt and move on, or do we shut the door to all future relationships?

If someone misrepresents God, do we use that as an excuse to reject Him? Or do we have the wisdom to discern the inaccuracies and press on to develop our own relationship with God?

I know that as she matures, Emma Kate will realize her obstacles, and I pray that she will learn to look to the Lord as her source to overcome each one. Isaiah 40:31 reads, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.”

May we correctly identify what trips us up, and never give up on the dream of flying.


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