PROMISE

(FREE 2nd BIRTHDAY CHAPTER EXCERPT) 

CHAPTER 11

HE GAVE ME WINGS

THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF PROMISE

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‘But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and
not faint.’
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
 

 I remember having a dream about my friends having babies around the time a few of my close friends fell pregnant. It was almost as if God was preparing me. My dream was detailed and consisted of many different things, yet the main message was clear. God in the dream began to give out babies to all my friends, and yet I was handed something entirely different—a set of incredibly large and beautifully detailed wings. Once opened the colours my wings displayed looked like a magnificent sunset silk painting. I knew they were valuable and rare, and I remember in the dream feeling as though they came at a great cost. I felt privileged to receive them. The Lord spoke to me in the dream saying, “Gemma you have to wait for a baby, because I am giving you wings.”

Many other incredible things happened within the dream, and as I journaled about it the following day, the Holy Spirit gave me the interpretation. The dream gave language to the season I was walking through, with added direction through the glimpse God gave into my future, affirming to me that as I faithfully walked with Him through this season, my destiny would find its wings. The days ahead still held trials and tests, as my own personal battles advanced towards me, yet the knowledge that God had a greater purpose through it all that He was accomplishing, somehow made it worthwhile. I felt encouraged and empowered through the dream as it brought the affirmation that this waiting would indeed give me wings to rise above life’s circumstances and the ability to fly into my future and fulfilled promise…the process however proved to be at times more uncomfortable than imagined.

 

CATERPILLAR DREAMS

 

Caterpillars also receive their wings through an uncomfortable process. It’s a process of transformation that involves an unhurried sequence of time, wrapped up in a set of not-so-pretty moments. Caterpillars, in fact, first must die before discovering their potential to fly. For some of us, the process of waiting for our dreams to come to pass can have the same brutal intensity. One thing we can be certain of is that any death experienced when in relationship with Jesus Christ will always result in a supernatural, untainted life.

Caterpillars are simple creatures, they don’t want for much. Put them on the right plant, and they are happy just eating their life away. However there is a moment in the life of the simple caterpillar when, unsuspecting, these butterfly-forming cells, called Imaginal cells, appear. When the Imaginal cells show up, it is the appointed time for the caterpillar to move out of the way and allow the butterfly to be born. Scientist don’t know where these Imaginal cells come from, but what they do know is that the caterpillar does not like them very much. The caterpillar assumes the intruders are trying to kill it, and so attempts to fight them off by resisting their presence with all its might.

 The caterpillar is right in thinking like this, because the Imaginal cells are indeed trying to kill the innocent caterpillar. However the caterpillar at this point fails to see that this impending death of its old life will result in the birth of its new life, unaware that it has been preparing for this moment its entire life; eating, growing and being nourished for this very event—its death.

The caterpillar takes substantial time at this point meticulously preparing a silken anchor to secure itself onto a suitable leaf, and after establishing this firm foothold it begins its wait. It is in this time the chrysalis begins to form within, and the caterpillar completely lets go, releasing its hold on the leaf. Amazingly its body then forms the shape of a “J” as its life becomes entirely dependent upon the secure hold of its silk anchor point and how firmly it has attached itself to it. The process of the caterpillar shedding its skin then begins, as wave-like contractions from within the chrysalis remove its old skin, revealing a glimpse of its new identity.

The caterpillar has a clear passage it must take to be reborn, so that it can then emerge from seclusion in due season as an even greater expression of beauty and form. Its future potential is completely dependent upon this uncomfortable process; its new life hinging on its ability to transition through this phase.

For those who fail to recognise the creative process of rebirth, they would consider this to be a worst-case scenario, when in fact the caterpillar’s ending has become its greatest beginning, and in its moment of complete defeat, it has its greatest triumph of all. Little does the caterpillar know that in the very time of everything it knows being challenged, even to the point of death, its days of being limited to one little plant are over, and a brand new expansive future awaits.

 

FINDING ANCHOR

 

Every caterpillar is born with this promise of becoming a butterfly and gaining the addition of wings, though to arrive at this transformation, it must submit to this reforming process of metamorphosis. It is by this process that the promise of its destiny is released, and through the addition of wings its life can now be lived through an unrecognisably superior form, with elevated perspective, increased destination, and the ability to travel further and accomplish more than it could have ever dreamed possible had it remained unchanged. This truth is not limited to the caterpillar alone, but also rings true for us as we transition through our own personal journeys of promise. This metamorphosis process teaches us that life’s pressures can have greater purpose than we can imagine, through their ability to pause us long enough, so that God can transform us. For it is in life’s storms we realise the importance of locating the whereabouts of our anchor, and it’s in the presence of pressure that we discover how well we are connected to our anchor point. It’s so significant that the caterpillar forms the letter ‘J’ as it lets go of its former supports, and relies solely upon its incredible silken anchor, that will position it to be born again.

In life’s unrequested challenges, as we transform and grow in God’s promises for us, it is crucial for us to secure our anchor point.

 

T H E  C E RTA I N T Y  O F  G O D ’ S  P R O M I S E

 

‘When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.’

Hebrews 6:13-20 (NIV)

 

Our firm anchor is Christ Jesus and in Him all God’s promises find their amen.

 

 

 SOME  THINGS  TA K E  T I M E

 

Just like this process of transformation from the caterpillar to the butterfly is a process that cannot be skipped, missed, or hurried along, so it is the same with the promises of God over our life. Promises have a process. You would agree, I am sure, that you cannot just tell a caterpillar to become a butterfly, wish for it to happen, pray for it to occur faster, insist it changes, or demand for an instant transformation, because there is no short cut or quick route. There is a specific process and time involved and any deviation from that specific sequence of events will result in not only the caterpillar dying, but the death of the butterfly as well. A shortcut means the death of its promised destiny, and the full length of life it was called to live. When we try and exit our problems, we fail to see there can be purpose in our pain, and a life changing process found in the pressure. We cannot skip through the process that waiting for God’s promises asks of us, because we—just like the butterfly—have the danger of forfeiting all that God has for us by missing the very road God has assigned us to travel to get to our destination.

I’ve had my fair share of caterpillar moments along my journey of waiting to become a mother. To receive my wings however, I needed to navigate through the entire phase of resisting, removing, rearranging, renewing and rebuilding. This was essential so that I could be recreated into the person my future needed. I could not miss or skip any part of the process. God has allowed me to walk this long journey full of obstacles, disappointments and questions for the greater purpose of my future. It was indeed hard and testing, although the more time went on, the more I preferred and appreciated the person I was becoming, over the old me that was fading, and this happened as God changed me.

God longs for us to travel with Him on this journey of promise, surviving the process involved, so that His purposes can find their perfect outworking in our lives. It is only by being empowered through our union with Him that we are equipped to carry all the necessary attributes needed to face the pressures that come our way, between a promise given, and a promise fulfilled. Now, the time God takes is different for everyone, and differing with every season, being individual to us all in our wait; so it is essential for us to walk with God, allowing His instruction to bring us the comfort we need to carry on.

People at times will fall short in their ability to bring comfort to us, because their viewpoint will not be too much better than our own. What they might be seeing and what God is doing can be two completely different things. They might be seeing death and defeat, where God is bringing new life and the formation of wings. Because of this we must rely on God to be our anchor and source at all times. The path to God’s promises is never trouble free, though with God as our guide the troubles are more than possible to overcome. In John 16:33, Jesus Himself promises us that in this world we will have trouble, but to take heart, for He has overcome the world.

 

SALVATION’S  POWER

‘For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.’

Romans 6:4

 

The metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly is given as one of the greatest illustrations in the circle of life to resemble the promise of the born again experience found in the truth of Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection. For Christ was given to the earth, to ultimately die and pay the price of the world’s sinfulness. He was the darling of heaven, The Lamb of God, a sinless sacrifice, sent to earth to pay the ultimate price to break the power of death itself. Now, those who believe in Him are given the power to transition from their old life in darkness, into a new life found in the light of Christ. Though just as the caterpillar’s flesh resists its process of change to become a butterfly at first, so too can we resist the spiritual transformations that take place as we surrender our lives over to God. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. This can often be a stumbling block to people because handing our life over to Christ does not end in the moment of salvation, it is just the beginning of a surrendered life. Everyday the decision to keep Christ Jesus as Lord of our lives is one we must take up. It is in the daily surrender that we are continually changed, renewed and honed into becoming like Him as children of God. If we take this illustration of the caterpillar to butterfly transformation as our inspiration, we can be sure that the more we surrender to the greater force at work in us—the Holy Spirit on His mission to bring about supernatural transformation—the death of our old life is by no means a final destination, rather just a crucial phase of transition. The removal of the old makes a way for the new to spring forth, as a perfectly superior expression of life—Salvation life. Through this God rearranges us from the inside out, so that we have a complete transformation, not a temporary makeover.

 

‘This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!’

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 L E A R N I N G  T O  F LY

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

- Henry Ford -

 

My husband is an aeronautical engineer. He loves aeroplanes, and so by living with him I have discovered a few things about flight. There are some obvious things I have learnt and some other factors that have been helpful in understanding a little of what God was doing with me in this season of giving me wings instead of a baby. There are a few basic principles of flight that, while obvious, will assist us in our journey. Now I am not going to give you an aviation lesson. (Aviation is the practical application of the study of aeronautics, in case you were wondering…) I don’t think I could if I tried. I do have a few points, though, that I want to share with you in regard to our promises.

Firstly, and most obviously, you cannot fly without wings…well, not unless you are a blimp or a hot air balloon…full of hot air. A caterpillar cannot fly until it becomes a butterfly, and when talking about an aeroplane, well, an aeroplane without wings…is simply not an aeroplane. So wings are essential. But there are a few other essentials also needed because wings don’t just fly on their own. If they did we would not have to be confused by those strange giant birds called Emus that have wings but can’t fly. Wings have one major purpose, and that is to provide LIFT. That is pretty much all they do. They allow the aeroplane to rotate off the ground and lift into the air (when in collaboration with a few other factors.)

For flight to occur, lift is proportional to velocity, and the lift must be greater than the weight. Sounds complicated but what it means is the faster you go the more lift you get, and when the lift exceeds the weight you will fly. But there is another factor: drag is proportional to lift. Which means the faster you go the more drag you have, so you need more power. Power is essential because you can’t have more lift without more velocity, and you can’t have more velocity without more power, however more power often results in more weight. Confused yet?

Basically, for flight you need a balance of all these factors: Lift, Velocity, Weight, Drag and Power. They all affect each other. So to gain optimum velocity (the speed of the aeroplane to create enough lift for flight) you need either:

1. More power,

2. Less weight, or

3. Less drag.

I want to touch on these three factors in regard to our journey of promise in this chapter, and what I have learnt personally in regards to learning how to fly above the struggles of life with the wings God gave me in the middle of my wait.

 

 MORE  POWER

Power is important. How we utilise that power, however, is paramount. When the Wright Brothers were given the incredible hallmark in history as the first men to fly an aeroplane, they did not achieve such a feat because they were the first to ever get their hands on some wings with a desire to fly. They were the first men to take a winged aircraft, and apply a different approach to the force and power needed to see the aircraft get off the ground. Their approach differed significantly from the other experimenters of their time who were only concerned with developing more powerful engines. The brothers instead spent considerable time working and refining the aeroplane’s pilot controls. They were certain that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice and pilot control. They had a deep belief that an aeroplane with great power was not all that was needed; what was crucial was an aeroplane that could be piloted with reliable controls. Their belief was formulated by their day job of working in their shop, with a printing press, motors, machinery, and bicycles.

By applying this truth to their studies and efforts, they invented aeroplane controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible, enabling the pilot to steer the aeroplane effectively and maintain its equilibrium. They grabbed hold, with both hands, of the opportunity covered deep in impossibility, and were the first to fly an aeroplane, becoming the fathers of flight.

As believers, this illustration of the Wright Brothers can apply to us on many levels, though there is one point in particular I want to highlight in regard to our promises in this chapter. Just as these brothers understood that power alone does not guarantee flight, so too is it the same with us when learning to fly above the ground level issues of this life empowered through God’s promises. Power is essential, but that does not discount the need for a pilot. To experience the potential of the power that enables us to fly, we need a pilot in control.

As Christians we have access to the greatest power on the planet, the gift of heaven on the earth today, The Holy Spirit. We have more power on offer to us than we know what to do with. Yet still so often we can struggle to live empowered in our everyday lives. This is not a power issue; it is a pilot issue. We can read the scriptures, and hold the promise of the Holy Spirit, and yet still live a powerless life unable to abide in the power given to us by God, to lift up out of our everyday concerns and cares and the untidy nature of life’s difficulties that can cause us to get stuck. Having power on offer to us is wonderful, but knowing how to abide in that power to reach flight, and live a life that soars above the struggles is another thing. We need a pilot. We need to capture the same passion the Wright Brothers had, that differed from the crowd. They were not just interested in the power behind flight; they considered intentionally the value of the position of the pilot to harness and maximise the power given, because an aeroplane is designed in such a way that it will only ever reach its potential with a pilot, and our lives are the same.

We have touched on control throughout this entire book, and the need for God to captain our ship, or pilot our plane, because it is central in our salvation walk and promise journey. So many Christians have never left the ground in their walk with God. They’ve never left the airport launching pad, or perhaps haven’t even exited the hanger, because the pilot seat has never been allocated to God! He can be assigned to every other place in our life before the pilot seat. We are comfortable making Him a regular passenger, we are okay with Him being a traffic controller, and we absolutely love Him being the flight attendant, assuring the comfort of our flight, bringing us food, drinks, refreshments, and sorting out our in-flight entertainment…but what about giving Him full control?

It is known that an extremely high percentage of aircraft crashes are due to pilot error. It is actually rare to be anything else. So considering this truth, for us to last the distance that is needed and be elevated high above our daily concerns, we need to allow God to take the seat of control. It is a nonnegotiable. It is true we can choose to pilot our own lives; it is our choice. Although by doing this we have a high chance of experiencing, somewhere down the line, pilot error. When God pilots our plane there is no chance for error. He will get us where we are going. No doubt about it. The choice is in our hands. So, if you find yourself struggling to live life empowered, it might be time to check the pilot seat.

 

 L E S S  W E I G H T

 

The second factor in maintaining optimum velocity is less weight. There is a reason airlines don’t like excess baggage. It is not a space factor, as much as it is a weight factor. The weight of the aeroplane affects its ability to fly, so travelling light is important. In relation to our journey of promise, if we want to lift off and soar above the struggles, we need to stay light. We need to walk through life with a light-footed nature, and not allow our burdens to become our baggage. Too many people live their life stuck in the baggage claim never venturing any further than the airport terminal. Even though they are in a place with limitless options and possibilities that can launch them into discovering new places and enlarged lives, (the airport), they become stuck in their place of limitation and never leave the terminal, finding a home among the baggage. Living with excess baggage can limit our destiny, landlock our dreams, and keep our promises grounded and unable to fly. So it is important for us to pack light for our journey.

King Saul and King David are two of the most famous kings of Israel. Both were promised similar futures at the onset of their kingship, yet the out-play of their lives and legacy differed greatly. Young Saul was tall, handsome and anointed as Israel’s king. Even though he was God’s answer to the people’s prayer, at the moment of his inauguration he became missing in action, only to be found hiding among the baggage. Although the young freshly anointed king found his way physically out of the baggage that day, his heart seemed to remain there for the length of his reign, living the duration of his rule locked in rejection, fear, low self worth, pride, jealousy and the list goes on. Living in disobedience and unfaithfulness towards God massively hindered the outcome of Saul’s life and legacy, seeing him ultimately lose his place as king. Scripture records that because of Saul’s disobedience God chose a new king from among Israel to replace him, anointing the young teenage shepherd boy David. David’s approach to being appointed as king was the antithesis of Saul’s. Upon being anointed king, Saul was found hiding among the baggage, in avoidance of his future, while David chose to leave his baggage with the baggage keeper, and to run unhindered into the future God had for him.

In the story, David’s father Jesse loads the young shepherd boy up with supplies, instructing him to leave his sheep for the day, and take some gifts to his brothers and their captain. David eagerly sets off and hurries to meet his brothers on the battle line. David seems to arrive just as the action begins, witnessing the morning taunts of the Philistine giant Goliath to the terrified Israelite army. David did not hesitate to leave all his supplies with the baggage keeper and race towards the battle lines. After realising that there was not one trained soldier in the entire Israelite army brave enough to face the giant, David himself decides to go before him, resisting both the protection of King Saul’s armour and the reprimand of being “only a boy.” David left behind the hurtful remarks of his brothers, trusting alone in the name of The Lord. So we see the famous story reach its high note as David the ‘lunch boy’ runs before Goliath bringing him down with one smooth stone, and the swing of his trusty slingshot, revealing that The Lord was surely with him.

Why could David run?

David could run because he left his baggage behind. He departed through the gates of his destiny with no excess baggage. David had plenty of opportunity to be fearful and full of self-doubt, but the moment he left his parcels of food with the keeper of the baggage also signified the moment he left the ill-fitting labels given to him by others. David chose to believe that he was more than the last choice among his brothers, more than his father’s messenger boy, and more than just a shepherd. David chose to believe he was anointed, set apart, battle-ready, and more than able, as he kept his eyes on The Lord and not the limitations around him.

Our future is limited if we don’t learn to let go of the limitations, let downs and hindrances of our past and even our present. We need to pack lightly, because it is in the baggage claim that we believe the enemy’s lies over God’s promises. God’s promises are our portion; they are the things we need to carry with us, not the negative handouts of this world.

In Matthew 11:30 Jesus asks us to come to Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. And this is the truth. The life God is calling us into is not a life that is too heavy or hard for us, weighed down with the excess worries this world lays upon us. It is a life we learn to travel lightly with God, leaving any excess baggage behind. So, today if you are feeling heavy, it is time to come afresh to the feet of Jesus, lay down your burdens, and commit to becoming a light traveller.

Weight matters. So stop allowing today’s burdens to become tomorrow’s baggage. Let God teach you how to pack, so that He can remove the obstacles ahead of you. It’s time to free yourself. Time to choose to forgive and release that person, love that enemy, confess and let go of that sin, repent and walk a new way. Choose love over judgement, carry forgiveness over grudges, and choose peace over being proven right. Let God bring the justice you need as you choose to honour Him with your life, so that you can be released and relocated into an empowered life, learning to travel light.

 

 LESS  DRAG

The third consideration in reaching flight is the component of drag. The less drag you have, the greater lift, and the more efficiently you will reach flight. So to minimise drag you need an aeroplane that is clean and streamlined. Aeroplanes are designed with minimal protrusions, to make them as streamlined as possible, but the surface of the plane needs to be washed regularly to remain clean and free from dirt, and stay in optimum condition for flight.

Dirt does not just affect flight in aeroplanes, it can affect us. A dirty aeroplane does not fly well, nor does a dirty soul. Dirt creates more drag, so staying clean is a good place to start. At the point of salvation we are transformed under grace and washed clean by the blood of Jesus; our sin is atoned for, and our mistakes removed from us as far as the east is from the west. This is God’s promise. It is important, though, for us to remain clean. The messiness of life can find us knee deep in dirt again, as we battle against the desires of our spirit with our own selfish desires, and all of the conflict found in that place.

‘So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other.’

Galatians 5:16-19

God knows we live in this conflict between our human nature and the new nature we find in Christ. This is why God has given us The Holy Spirit, so that we can carry conviction of sin, to keep turning to a righteous life. It is not complicated; simple repentance is the remedy. When living a life with God empowered by His spirit, we need to take time to wash ourselves, removing the dirt, so that we can travel efficiently.

‘The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armour of right living.’

Romans 13:12

As we choose to live a life of repentance, confessing our wrong-doing and mistakes to God, He removes the sin of our life like a dirty garment, clothing us with the light of right living. This passage of scripture goes on to tell us to clothe ourselves with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, so that we stop indulging our fleshly nature. The call to a holy life is this: a life lived with a heart of repentance. This is a life lived well. A life that will lift off the ground  with ease, a clean life! The dirt of sin and shame weighs us down, and so we need to be regularly washed clean.

‘Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.’

Psalm 51:7

God longs for us to be clean, and His desire is to keep us clean. The decision however is ours. In Luke 5:12-13 Jesus is confronted with a man covered in leprosy, a terrible skin disease that made people of that time and culture ‘unclean.’ These people were not suffering only in physical sickness, but endured the suffering found in being outcast, and rejected by society, unable to live a normal existence. This pain would have been deep. We see the encounter Jesus has with this leprous man; one of compassion, and an answer to his request.

‘While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged Him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.’

Luke 5:12-13

 

Jesus responded in compassion and power to the approach and request of this man who desired to be cleansed from leprosy. Jesus responded willingly, healing the man on the spot. Repentance is an opportunity that is on offer for us everyday, so that God can wash us clean, keeping us in perfect flight condition, so that we can be propelled into the promised futures He has for us. It is God’s constant desire for us to remain clean, but it needs to be our decision. We have the opportunity everyday to get into perfect flight condition by confessing our faults and asking God to wash us clean. And if we ask He will make us white as snow, because He is willing.

 

 T H E   C E N T R E   O F   P R E S S U R E

 

The centre of pressure is the term used in aerodynamics to describe the point at which the lift force acts on the wing, providing the lift the aircraft needs to rise above the ground. It represents the point of the wing that receives the greatest pressure as the aeroplane accelerates forward, resulting in flight. Our human nature resists pressure, as it is natural to want to exit the hardships of life. However God in His wisdom is not uncomfortable with pressure. God knows the potential of it. In fact the seasons of pressure that He does not immediately rescue us from, are opportunities to become seasons where God moves us into a place of not just transformation, (like the caterpillar), but seasons of learning how to press on, in the midst of pressures, by recognising they can have a purpose.

 

 FA I T H   U N D E R   P R E S S U R E

 

‘Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faithlife is forced into the open and shows its true colours. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed not deficient in any way.’

James 1:2-4 (The Message)

 

James is talking here about how life’s pressures force our faith into a place of revealing the quality of our faith. Life’s trials test to see just how genuine our faith really is, and once proven genuine will develop a maturity within us that will bring glory to God. James encourages us to stand strong under pressures, because they indeed have a purpose, just like the pressure force of the wind on the wing of an aeroplane.

Most of the time we can allow the pressure and pain to paralyse us, living unaware that it can carry our greatest breakthroughs in disguise. Times of pressure and pain can be the very avenues God uses to replace our fears and uncertainties with wings, and turn our limitations into launching pads, propelling us forward into a place of great testimony.

Just as the centre of pressure is the place the wings of an aeroplane find their lift, it is also the place our promises find power. Pressure definitely has a purpose in our journey of promise, and although it is not something we should pursue, it is also something we should not try and avoid, because wings that are never exposed to pressure will never fly. Pressure is an essential to flight. So the greater the magnitude of pressure we feel, should result in a greater opportunity to be lifted up out of the confines of our problems and positioned in an expansive place full of exuberant potential.

In the season of watching others receive the gift of children that I had been waiting for, God gave me wings to fly into a place of thanksgiving, above grief, self-pity, and impatience. In moments of great pressure God gave me the opportunity to gain a powerful testimony, by flying above my frustrations and personal limitations.

What God can do in our seasons of pressure is unlimited if we learn to see pressure as potential, as does the pilot. On the way to our promises, pressures are predicted, but that should never deter us from the prize of God’s promise.

Abraham and Sarah’s childless journey towards their promised son Isaac was not pressure free. The one hundred year project of building an ark would have been filled with many pressures for Noah and his family. Waking up in a pit, and then being upgraded to a prison would have felt like unfair pressure to young Joseph on his way to Pharaoh’s palace. The shepherd boy David did not step back from the pressures of taking on a giant, and because of this he came out the other side a giant killer. The pressure of carrying The Messiah would have carried more unexpected pressure than most for the young teenage girl Mary, as she birthed the promised Christ. Even Jesus Christ, God’s own son, was not exempt from the extreme pressures of this world. Jesus took upon Himself the pressure of sin and death, laying His life down for humanity, and rising on the third day to free us from the curse of death, giving us eternal life in Him. It is not the pressure that is the problem; we must believe that God is bigger than any problem we will ever face, and holds the victory in His hands.

God is the ‘Master Engineer’ and He aims to get us flying. He wants to move us to certain destinations so that we can enter into the grand itinerary He has for our lives. He allows pressure to become a potential friend in our seasons of waiting on our promises, so that we learn to press on, knowing pressure is just another stage of the great adventure towards God’s promises. There is power found in the centre of life’s pressures, because faith is powerful, and it is faith under pressure that flies.

 
‘He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armour and protection.’
Psalm 91:4

 

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