You can’t fly without resistance. These words slipped out of my mouth during one of my weekly Facebook live sessions. It was at that moment that I realized that God was speaking directly to me.
Do you know that pilots prefer to take off in headwind because it increases the lift and allows them to get wheels up faster? It also has an advantage for landing as well, headwind uses less runway and the ground speed is lower when touching down. Quite fascinating to me!
In life, we will face headwinds and if you’re anything like me, we don’t like it one bit. Resistance or challenges are not something that I naturally embrace, or “count it all joy” (James 1:2) It’s more like being forced to drink awful tasting medicine when we were growing up in the village. Our parents made sure every summer we would get our dose of what I still consider the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted. They told us it was for our benefit, that it would be good for us but that didn’t stop us from holding our noses and gagging over our cups.
P.S. I still haven’t found the joy in that. 😉
Throughout the many challenges in my life, headwind after headwind, I am learning to look at it as an opportunity for lift-off, an opportunity to learn and to grow. I didn’t always see it as an opportunity to lift me higher or to help me to mature as a believer, sometimes I still don’t. I would view it as punishment, as unfair treatment. This would then become a breeding ground for negative thoughts and unbelief to grow and fester in my heart.
Choosing to shift
It was not an overnight process but I am so thankful for God’s grace that has helped me to learn, grow, and trust the Father. Even if it makes no sense at all, even with tears in my eyes and questions in my heart, I choose to echo David’s words: “I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalm 16:2
I lift my eyes to heaven. God is with me and He will give me the solutions and help that I need to work around my challenges. This headwind can only lift me higher. I choose to shift my focus.
Let me tell you, it’s always easier to type it than when it’s time to walk it out. Sometimes it feels like I’m walking through mud, but Sis, I’ve come too far to give up now. God is faithful. He will see it through to the end. I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (paraphrase Philippains 1:6)
James gives us a glimpse of the benefits of taking off into the headwind. It produces perseverance and if we allow perseverance to fully develop in us we become mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
Facing some headwind?
- Take a deep breath. (Don’t forget to exhale)
- Lift your eyes to heaven.
- Pour out your lamentations
- Declare the promises of God
- Ask for His help
- Believe Him
Ephesians 2:10 tells us For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
When we stay stuck on the ground, we miss out on the good things God planned for us to do. What good thing are you not doing because the resistance has caused you to remain where you are? Has it discouraged you from trying again, to love again, to serve again, to speak again, to build again?
So when the headwinds come Sis, instead of staying grounded on the runway, let us use that as an opportunity to lift off.
Take a moment to ask the Father what He is trying to teach you, listen to what He is saying to you. Then get into position. It’s time for lift off.