Made to Soar
by: Sarah Hall M.A. LPCC-S
“You were made to soar”—-These were the words that echoed in my head while sitting on the front row of my church, this past Sunday, and listening to my dear sister in Christ read Psalm 124. It was one of those moments where it seemed like everyone else in the room disappeared and for a few frozen seconds in time, it was just her and I with the words lingering in the air. Little did anyone know the mix of emotions I felt inside, with fear trying to rear its ugly head as I prepared for my week to come. Last week, I discovered my position at work was being eliminated and I had a choice to make. A choice that I was planning to make 5 years down the road, mind you.
But God, on the other hand…
Well, His plans are not our plans, and His ways are not our ways. Others have always viewed me as a strong person, I was the epitome of “The Strong Willed Child”, and my mother says Amen to that! But this was a moment where the rubber was meeting the road and reality hit hard!
If I allow my mind to wander, I find myself being distracted by the weeds of fear that are trying to choke out the flowers of possibility that lie ahead.
I felt scared, weak, and find myself wanting to run back to the safety of what I know. I even told my boss: “everything great that we have in this world is because someone took a risk, what can happen in my life if I take a risk?” It is one thing to talk about it, and another thing to be about it!
But how do we get to the place of “being about it”, and not just merely “talking about it”?
We have to be willing to take the risk. Sometimes, we may even have to encourage our own selves as David did in 1 Sam 30:6.
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6, ESV
Does this mean that everything will be all grand all the time, and we will live in a land of rainbows and unicorns? Absolutely not! There will be times when we feel down, and it’s ok to have that feeling, but don’t allow yourself to stay there. Why? I am glad you asked —because you were made to soar.
When I hear these words, I immediately think of the eagle, and you probably did too. Don’t get me wrong, Eagles are awesome because they can fly above the storm (that’s a lesson for another day) but there are actually several birds that can soar and one that can soar for 6 months without stopping. However, in order for a bird to soar, the conditions have to be right. Conditions that are connected to the “waves” that are moving and crashing. Most of the time we think about the waves of life as a negative thing, they can come crashing over us and seem to make us lose our footing. But, these crashing waves can actually change the atmosphere.
The waves push air upward, creating the updraft that is needed for you to SOAR.
I tell my kids all the time, “It’s all about perspective”. So either I can look at the waves that are coming — or — the updraft that I need to SOAR. I don’t know about you, but I want to spread my wings and take flight in the updraft of life; I want to SOAR. God has already deposited within us what we need to soar, but it up to us to spread our wings. I want to leave you with a few things to think about:
- What is my perspective of the waves in my life?
- What do I already have in my hand as God asked Moses in Exodus 4:2? Or What is in your house as Elijah asked the Shunamite woman in II Kings 4.
- What will happen when I SOAR?
Sarah Hall M.A. LPCC-S
is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a contributing content creator for Equipped!
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