(The Creator has ‘asked’ me to share my vulnerability…to be genuine about who I am and what I’ve experienced. While it is easy to share my joys, it takes all my courage to share those things I consider to be my weaknesses. But I honor what the Creator asks of me, for His wisdom is greater than mine. Perhaps by sharing the low points in my life, others can relate to the words, the observations that I share. And through that experience of sharing, we will know that we are all One. Haho!)
There is a quote (I can’t remember the author’s name) that says: “How can you discover new oceans if you never lose sight of the shore?” That caught my attention immediately! Just thinking on that simple thought put a whole new spin on what I’d experienced for the last 14 months. I had started referring to that time as “the punishment” or at the very least, “karma”. My close friends had subscribed to the karma theory because they had begun to think that I must have done something downright awful in a previous lifetime, something I had to atone for, to explain what I experiencing.
So, when I first heard that quote, my spirit did a serious double-take. “What if…”, I said to myself, “what if that apparent ‘fall from grace’ had been designed to help me discover my “new oceans”? Creator must have known it wasn’t going to be easy to get me to leave that previous ‘shore’ of what I had considered my ‘dream job’….a job where I was helping people, making a difference in their lives. No, it was going to be a real challenge to get me to walk away from something I loved doing. But He did know one solid thing about me…He knew I would listen and follow whatever He asked of me ..no matter how scary or deep “that fall” appeared to be.
Thinking on those words “deep fall” brought to mind how our Spiritual Relatives, the Eagles, teach their young to fly. Eaglets learn by observing their parents and when it is time for them to learn to fly and leave the nest for the first time, the mother will first demonstrate how to use their wings to lift them up. The Eaglets will mimic their mother’s movements and eventually take their first tentative flights to another branch below. Sometimes, however, one Eaglet is too afraid to attempt that first “deep fall” and just won’t leave the safety of the nest. When the mother feels the time has come for this young one to fly, she will place some food in her mouth and take a position outside of the nest and start to pump her wings in powerful wing beats. Up and down…Whoosh…Whoosh! As she tempts him out with the food, her wing beats start to disintegrate the nest with each powerful updraft. The Eaglet, drawn forward towards the food, and forced to leave a nest that is falling apart, eventually HAS to leave the nest…either to fly…or to take that deep fall. If he falls, she catches him and gently lifts him back to the nest. The young Eaglet, confident that his mother will catch him, eventually takes his first successful flight and begins the next chapter of his life.
We all have “deep falls” in our lives…some deeper than others. We may think, as I did, that because the fall took us right down to the ground, that we were being punished for something. As our “nests”, our lives, started to disintegrate, we believed erroneously that we were no longer important or cared for. When in reality, the Creator was just teaching us how to ‘fly’ for the next chapter of our lives. We had to develop and strengthen our ‘wings’ to give us those powerful wing beats to lift us up from the ground so we could soar to greatest heights of our lives!
Whoosh! Whoosh! May your ‘Wings’ lift you higher!!