Photo from Glendalough Monastic Settlement – Northern Ireland
This stone tower stretched upward before me. The birds circling obviously had found a nesting place protected from view. In thinking about what I wanted to say today, the stone tower was very significant, as well as the birds circling about.
There are so many things in life that keep us from spreading our wings and flying into the unknown. Perhaps it is the family waiting in the nest, or the familiarity of the surroundings. Maybe it is because it is just easier to keep doing what we are doing than to fly into new uncharted territory.
There are people in our lives who don’t want us to fly because they feel better about where they roost of we do just what they do. How far or how high we fly should never be dependent on the preconceived notions or expectations of other people.
As I checked my facebook messages this morning, I saw a listing from my friend, Coty Sloan of Sloan Travel Co. making a vague reference to those who were jealous because of his job as a traveler and tour guide. Without knowing Coty, it will be hard to imagine the sweet, wonderful, generous spirit this young man has and the passion he brings to sharing the world with travelers. I wish I could afford to travel with him on all of his adventures, but the fact that I can’t would never keep me from celebrating his journeys.
Jealousy is wasted effort when it applies to the lives of others. No matter how much another person is blessed in their life or what amazing things they can afford or can experience, it in no way diminishes God’s ability to bless us or pour into our lives incredible things that are tailor made for us.
God gave us spiritual wings, intellectual wings, and emotional wings so that we could reach new heights, soar in high places, and see His world from a higher place than keeping our feet firmly planted on the ground. It takes courage. Sometimes it is a leap of faith, but we are all meant to spread our wings and fly.
Isaiah 40:31 “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”
(All of the eagle in flight photos were taken from free public domain photos from a web search.)