“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ – Luke 15:21
I was lying in bed one morning, and I could faintly hear a song playing in the next apartment. It was quite interesting as I’d heard it before but had failed to remember what it was, so I googled the lyrics. It was a song called, “Learn to Fly,” by the Foo Fighters. Some of the lyrics I heard were:
“Make my way back home when I learn to fly high.”
“I’m looking to the sky to save me. Looking for a sign of life”
“fly along with me, I can’t quite make it alone. Try to make this life my own.”
It sounded like all of us before we come to God. A person that is battling within themselves, looking for answers, or seeking more to life. Immediately I also thought of the prodigal son. He left home to look for the answers, got himself into a mess, but eventually made his way back home and learned some very valuable things.
You may come to God or back to God as a result of the choices you have made in the past, trying to live your own way, and finding that it doesn’t work. But, God will never use that against us.
The prodigal son begged for his father to let him back, at least as a servant because he had dishonored his father. But, the opposite happened. He was welcomed with Love, and his father rejoiced at his return.
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” Luke 15:22-24
We can try to fill our voids with all sorts of worldly ambitions, but you will always come up feeling empty. The only one that can fill the void in our souls is Jesus. When Jesus comes into our lives, He doesn’t remind us of our past, He rejoices at the present, and fills us with unconditional Love that never fades or fails.
God asks us to come as we are. We may have some scars or have some undesirable traits or habits we’d like to change or are embarrassed by, but God can help us with that. There is nothing new under the sun for God. If you ask anyone in a church about their testimony, you may be surprised to hear that you are not alone in your struggle; that others have gone through things that you have or maybe worse. The church is not a place for perfect people. It’s a place for people who come to realize their need for God, and then in turn help others know that there is a God that loves them; and a hope for the future.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
A baby bird learns to fly by trial and error. I was watching a bird outside on my deck the other day, and it’s mother was not far off. For the baby bird, it must have seemed like quite a distance, or he/she may have started to feel helpless at some point, or feel like giving up.
Sometimes we have to take steps of faith to figure things out. We may fall, but as long as you get back up that is all that matters. You can only try to learn to tie your shoe so many times before you start to get the concept. But you have to “try” to learn. When we do take steps of faith, God rewards that.
But if we find ourselves stuck and not able to move forward, we can turn to God who will quickly come to our aid. The momma bird flew down and gave the baby bird a huge nudge, and it quickly flew away. Sometimes we go through periods of testing, where we just need to learn to wait on God for answers.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
We try sometimes to live up to a standard of who we think we ought to be in our Christian walk, or focus on things around us so much, that we forget who we actually are in Christ. If we humble ourselves before God, and seek His face, He will show us that we ARE good enough! We ARE unique. Fearfully and wonderfully made by God, with gifts and talents that are specific to us that no one else can do.
For some people things come naturally…but most of the time, we need to learn. For example, a person who has a gift playing the piano, would never know they had a gift, unless they learned first how to play. In this world we are in a constant state of needing to “find ourselves.” The amount of self-help books out there are best sellers because of that reason. At some point we need to come back to our creator, and say okay I’ve tried everything else, show me the way.
When we try and fail it is the hardest to believe that God can love us, or feel like He sees us as a failure, but He only sees us with Love and the unique possibilities of what could be. With God’s help he can show us who we genuinely are. And we know nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37) Others look at faith and say what’s the point? Well why not give it a try, what else have you to lose? Dare to see the possibilities.
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” – Pablo Picasso
I heard a song on the radio, and this song isn’t in the Christian genre; it’s a country song, but it has some very inspirational words in it. It says:
So keep on climbing, though the ground might shake
Just keep on reaching though the limb might break
We’ve come this far, don’t you be scared now
‘Cause you can learn to fly on the way down
Even when you are in the most difficult time of your life, and you are afraid, when you give it to God He can use that as a learning opportunity, and a growing opportunity. He works all things together for the good of those that Love and seek His face. (Romans 8:28) Jesus will not bring you thus far, just to drop you. Just have faith and use each opportunity to learn and grow. God Bless!