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Today's Devotional Reading
I Believe I Can Fly

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The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (Jn.3:8).

It comes at times as a gentle breeze. At other times it is a force to be reckoned with. You cannot see it but you know it is there, for you can see its effects and "hear its sound." The wind is all around us everyday. We do not consider it to have a beginning or and end in time or space--it has just always been--and will remain to be.
Imagine not believing in the wind. You would be thought to be ludicrous. "No one in there right mind would say they don't believe in the wind." Would they? Perhaps if they were blind, they could say they do not believe. And yet, we would wonder, "Can't they at least hear it?" Perhaps the person is deaf as well, and that's why he does not believe in the wind. We might then ask, "Well, can't he at least feel it when he is outside?" Well then, what if he has never been outside? Now we are really starting to stretch it.
And yet, there are so many who would see God's work but who are spiritually blind. There are so many who might hear God's Truth but they have become dull in hearing. And there are many who might at least feel God's presence but along with being spiritually deaf and blind, they have lost there ability to feel.
There are also those of us who have seen, heard and even felt God in our lives, but have since shut our eyes and ears and spiritually locked ourselves into a house of self-trust and self-security. Many of us who have trusted in God have become frightened by where "the wind" might take us, and have withdrawn to a place of safety--a place in which we feel comfortable. We have forgotten how to truly trust in God and have instead become more dependent upon self. We have forgotten how to rest in God's peace and not worry. We have forgotten that Jesus came to bring life, and life more abundant. In short--we have forgotten how to fly.

Upon the wings of butterflies
and tails of whippoorwills,
there is a grace my eyes behold
and for my heart a peace that stills.
As in the birds I see the joy
of hearts that are completely free,
And in the wind that holds them up
I see God's faithfulness to me.
To see winged beauty glide upon
the currents of the wind,
as easy as my human feet upon
the ground do stand;
It is the essence of a faith
which chooses not to trust the eye,
but finds the wind beneath the wing
is all I really need to fly.

God comes at times as a gentle breeze. At other times He is a force to be reckoned with. You cannot see Him but you know He is there, for you can see His effects and hear His sound. He is all around us everyday. We do not consider Him to have a beginning or and end in time or space--He has just always been--and will remain to be. To not believe in Him is ludicrous. And to place trust in something other than Him will leave you standing on the ground--when indeed, you could be soaring.

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).

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