IWD 2016: Designed to Soar

About the blogger: Susie Moore is 31 years old and from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland.  She studied education and taught for one year in Bangor and Clough.  In 2007  she flew to Nepal to teach in an international school for 8 months and was privileged to teach there for 8 years.  Susie currently  studies at a ministry school at Bethel Church, Redding, California.  She is passionate to see Jesus in the nations and people operating in freedom and truth.

Do you ever dream that you are flying?  I love to fly in my dreams.  The idea of soaring on wings like hawks and eagles stirs my heart with joy. I have seen these birds when trekking in the Himalayas or driving along roads in California and I think, “Yes please!”   It inspires ideas of freedom, of perspective, emotions of fun and ecstasy and views of beauty.  I can imagine the wind blowing away every care and concern while enjoying the pleasure of soaring without flapping.

I believe we were designed to fly.  The closest I have come to this is paragliding over a lake in Nepal, where I taught Primary aged students for 8 years, my wings, unfortunately, are just not big enough to do it alone.  But have you ever had moments in life where it feels like everything is in alignment and you are soaring?  I do not mean flapping ferociously, nor ducking and diving bullets, not fighting a tether at one’s foot or a cage or ceiling against one’s head and wings, instead soaring effortlessly in the wind?  For some of us these moments may have been few, for others they may have been seasons, but I believe Father God designed us with gifts, talents, strengths and a calling to fly.

Isaiah 40:31 says,

“Yet those who wait for the LORD

Will gain new strength;

They will mount up on wings like eagles,

They will run and not get tired,

They will walk and not become weary.”

I have definitely had seasons where I was flying, and other seasons where I felt like I was dodging predators.  I have recently discovered that one of my biggest fears was remaining caged.  New circumstances can create a cage of lies or circumstances that bind us.  All you “Lord of the Rings” fans may have, like me, resonated with Lady Eowyn’s cry.  When questioned of her fear she replies, “A cage.  To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”   You have a purpose and it can be enjoyable and one that impacts others.

I wish to inspire us to pursue our journey to soar.  I do not mean to belittle challenges that you may be facing or any giants in your world.  Living in Nepal for 8 years, with little electricity, surviving an earthquake and losing a brother in a car accident, are just some of the challenges I have walked through, but I believe God has strategies and the ways to equip us in all seasons.   I have recently been on a journey where I have felt released from the cage, and yet I am still tethered at my feet.  Father God has shown me His desire for me to fly, like the character Angel in “X-Men the Last Stand” (yes, I like movies.)  So how do I become untethered?  Jesus came to set us free and to have life in abundance (John 8:32 & John 10:10). The journey to freedom may look unique for each of us but there is one common thread, Jesus.   If you are struggling to experience the freedom to fly I would encourage you to talk to Jesus and to seek wise counsel for strategies to bring this to pass.  Like Isaiah says, it those who wait on God that new strength and flight will come to.  My journey towards deeper freedom has included times of powerful prayer, personal cries to the Lord and an amazing community who walked me through it.

There is a fresh cry, on the wind, from the church and it is getting louder, it is a call for women to change their sphere of influence, alongside men, a cry for women to be able to move beyond the glass ceiling.  There is a song that is inviting us to dance, to dance as one body and yet with our own unique step.   You have a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11-14) and when you are fulfilling that purpose or on that journey it may feel like flying.  What would it look like today, this month or this year for you to soar?  Maybe you are already soaring, so what would it look like to encourage and invite others to join you in the heavens, with your refreshed perspective?   I join the call of the Lord as He desires freedom over your life and the means to soar.


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