What blessings will me miss out on because we refuse to trust God, or because we’re  too fearful to obey His voice?

5. Ask Yourself: What’s the Worst Thing That Could Happen to Me?

When accepting a new writing challenge, I sometimes ask myself this question–and then answer it: “I could fail. I could be called foolish. Some might laugh at my attempts. I could net a ton of rejections. It might be too hard.” For years it felt “safe” for me to write greeting cards, magazine articles, and other shorter, inspirational pieces. I could do it easily and earn a decent income. But I always wanted to write a book. I was faced with a choice: stay where it was familiar, or branch out and try to “fly.” Eleven books later, I am still enjoying that adventure God has allowed. I still write other inspirational things, but I would never have added “author” to my resume had I not been willing to stretch my wings.

6. Identify What Flying Means to You

Do you want bolder faith? To take a risk and tell a friend about Jesus? Would you like to teach a class or age you’ve never tried before? Want to attempt a new vocation? Try a new business? Start a new ministry? Love a difficult relative? Speak up for justice? Go on a mission trip? Overcome a debilitating habit? Grow deeper spiritually?

One of the most beautiful truths about being God’s child is the realization that we can find wings even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Whatever spiritual freedom means to you, God wants you to spread your wings and “fly” 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.

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).

Our job? Wait on Him; listen for His voice; and watch for His “nudge.” The freedom is in the trusting.

A Personal Prayer for You

Lord, what a wonderful and patient Father You are. Grant us the spiritual freedom to know You more deeply. We confess our doubts, our fears, and our hesitancy to trust You more. We wait on You, Lord. Help us to be sensitive enough to feel the nudge of Your Spirit. We long to soar on spiritual wings like eagles and experience all that You have planned for Your children.

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

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Publication date: June 7, 2013