I awake on the airplane at 30,000 feet. Wearily, I remove the ear plugs and sleep mask I had worn in the effort to secure as much rest on the red-eye flight as I could.
Still half drunk on dreams, I stretch and look out my window to meet the sun.
It’s a new day.
I breathe in the wonder and magic of meeting the sun high above the clouds. Seeing and knowing that the day begins well before the rays of it’s light ever hit the earth.
Each day, before I rise from my bed, somewhere the sun is shining. Dreams are stirring and God is moving.
Above the clouds I believe anything is possible.
I imagine as if He is inviting me to step out in faith and walk across that cloudy sea.
I close my eyes and dream what lies before me. What path will He prepare for me?
Because the truth is He is always preparing the way.
A way in the dark. A way when all roads have dead-ended and none seems possible.
At our weakest, He is forging strength. In our darkest, He is breaking light.
In surrender we find His uncommon grace.
The kind that says yes to every wrong road and every bad decision and every which way we could be deterred.
It’s when the seeking and striving and worshipping and dying end.
When we see.
When we see that He paints the sun in the sky every morning. For you.
For as surely as the sun rises, He will appear. Hosea 6:3.
He will prepare you to do what He has prepared for you from the beginning. Before the foundations of the earth were made and the seas were drawn, He set you apart to do good works.
Why do we fear?
Above the clouds anything seems possible.
But a moment passes as we descend through the cloud break and see the city lights. The neighboring streets. The cars and people going about their day.
Suddenly the dream seems too big. The task too hard. The gift too small.
Who am I to believe I can do any good thing?
But if God has assigned you, He will find you. And when He strips you, He will equip you.
What work is He doing in your heart right now? Has He assigned you? Is He in the process of finding you? Or is He stripping you? Equipping you?
Every season we find ourselves being lost and found. Broken and built. This tumultuous life is a constant process of forgetting and remembering who we are.
Whose we are.
A process of breaking ourselves from the things that hold us back. The things that keep us from our gifts.
What are you holding back from God?
Too often we compare our story or our passion with someone else’s or wish we could live it out or tell it in a different way. But your story is your best story. It’s the one you need to tell and the one we need to hear. It’s the one He is building in you by breaking you; the one He has assigned for you for such a time as this.
If your dream makes sense above the clouds and scares you to death on the ground, you’re on the right path. Be brave in obedience and God will fling wide the doors.
How can you be brave?