“No Longer Afraid To Fly” by Debra Cheek, Contributing Author

asOn the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”     Mark 4:35 (NKJV)

My 16-year-old daughter and I were having a conversation about her desire to go to Europe. Her high school has at least one international travel trip each year, and she really wants to go on the next one. As nervous as it made me, I expressed my willingness to support her desire to broaden her horizons until she said that she didn’t want to fly to get there. Now, this is my logical, deep-thinking child, so she listed for me an amazing number of reasons why people should not fly including the fact that the wings on a plane don’t flap (which according to her they should since everything else that flies flaps their wings). As interesting as my discussion was with my daughter, it made me realize that many of us feel the same way with life. We want to go to great places. We want to travel the world. We want to accomplish great things in our lives, but we don’t want to do what is required to get there. We want the final product and the destination, but we don’t want to go through the process to get there – because the process sometimes is scary, and we certainly have natural and logic reasons to support our fears. It is scary to board a plane full of strangers and trust a pilot that you don’t know with the process of flying that you really don’t understand, right? I don’t fully understand what keeps the plane in the air or why something that weighs tons can glide for miles, and because I don’t understand it, I tend to resist it. Sadly, in resisting the process we also forfeit the product – opportunities, relationships, and more than God had waiting for us on the other side. Well, I say, “NO MORE”! This is your year to #Thrive and not sit on the sidelines watching others fly! You are headed toward an amazing destiny with the most trustworthy pilot of all, God!  Just like a natural pilot, He knows the conditions surrounding your travel. He knows the best route for you to take. He knows how to get you safely to your place of purpose. Remember in Mark 4, Jesus told the disciples that they were going to the other side of the sea. He knew that the storm was coming. He knew that the waves would rise and the winds would blow, but He also knew they would make it safely to the other side. The winds and waves did not nullify His plan for them, and they will not nullify His plan for you! You will make it safely to His planned destination for your life!

Go ahead and “book your flight”! Take a step of faith and obedience towards your destiny! Start writing, get your business plan together, or reach out to experts, but do something that aligns with His vision for you!  You will make it to the other side!

What vision has God given you?

What step of faith will you take today?

How will you remain focused on the plan in spite of the fears that may arise?

Who can you enlist to keep you accountable during this time?

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