LET’S FLY

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Shackleford Island, 2016

by Tammy Phillips
June 16, 2020

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! [for then] would I fly away and be at rest. – Psalm 55:6 KJV

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 KJV

A big bird with expansive wings soared by my window.  He was riding the wind.  I wanted to follow him.  Honestly, I wanted to be taken away like the cottonwood seed who flies so effortlessly through the air.  Wouldn’t you like to fly off?  Today, I would.  Let’s go on a journey and pretend that we are flying to our happy place, the beach.  Travel with me?  I will come meet you and we will take off.  We will let the breeze take us as far south, east, or west as we choose.  We will glide and see the majesty of God’s creation as we go. The view from above is breathtaking. There is so much freedom in the flight.  We did not have to pack, and we carry no baggage.  We are not constrained by time nor circumstance.

We approach our destination and as far as the eye can see, the ocean abides within its confines.  Innumerable shells of every size, color and shape beautifully litter the seashore.  We gently glide in for a landing.  We have arrived.

We choose our place to just “be.”  Toes in the wet sand.  Fingers are filtering the cool, dry, supple sand.  A brisk breeze is coming off the ocean.  Our lounge chairs are waiting on us.  They are skimming the edge of the tide.  A favorite chilled drink is plentiful and within reach.  The fruity smells of summer: creamy coconut, pineapple, banana and lime are generously applied.  The radiant rays are beaming down from the sun to kiss every inch of our bodies.   Settled in and eyes open wide to the vastness of God’s creation.  Breathe in.  No other smell is like that of the ocean.  It refreshes and renews.  The waves then begin the symphony that our ears have longed for as they crash in and rush out.

I enCOURAGE you to fly in the Spirit to your happy place today.  Take time to just “be.” Simply, breathe.  Breathe in the Lord and all that He is.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I take the wings of the morning, [And] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7,9-10 NKJV)

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