But what if you fly?

Impossible.

Can’t.

Out of the question.

Won’t work.

Has God ever placed a task in front of you, and your response was more “fight and flight” than obedience? I have all kinds of excuses (reasons, I tell myself). I can’t. I haven’t. I don’t. I’ll fail. I’ll fall. It would take a miracle. It’s just impossible.

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Then I remember the impossible bumble bees. Didn’t a scientist “prove” that their wings don’t have enough lift for the size of their body and the weight of the pollen they carry? The calculations said they shouldn’t be able to fly.

Except bumble bees do fly.

That scientist hadn’t taken into account the mechanics of the movement of the bees’ wings. They move more like helicopter than airplanes. They fly!

The impossible is possible. Sometimes we get the explanation of how this comes to be, as we do with the bumble bee, and sometimes we rest in the belief that we will understand someday.

I remember Abraham and God’s impossible promise to him, and how Abraham’s faith led him to believe that God was able to do what He’d promised: to give him a son who would become a nation.

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Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.   Romans 4:18-21   NIV

I pray for that kind of faith. When God calls, I want to say, “Here I am,” the way Samuel did. I want to look for ways to carry out God’s plan instead of looking for excuses that it can’t be done. I want to be “fully persuaded” as Abraham was, so that when he was asked to give up his son, he believed that God could do the impossible.

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I found a poem I’d written many years ago, called “Abraham,” and thought it fit today’s theme.

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I peer over the edge of the precipice

at grazing sheep, insect-like below,

wondering if I dare

take the first step and walk

on the breath of the warm winds that brush my face.

Or will I plummet, arms flailing, cursing my foolishness?

*

All the plans, the God-breathed promises

for the future of my children

and my children’s children . . .

Did I imagine Your voice?

Was it just a dream, a nighttime fog

that evaporates in the scorching sunlight of reason?

*

Questions plague me like gnats,

doubts like biting flies.

What kind of God do I serve,

to ask this foolish sacrifice,

to bid me to take a fateful step in faith?

*

But You were good yesterday.

You are good today,

and I believe You will be good in all my tomorrows.

So I will take the step

and, upheld by the very air of Your breath,

I will fly.

*

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My prayer for us all:

that we answer “Here I am” when God calls and that we learn to “fly” in faith.

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Posted on September 17, 2015, in Devotional and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. What a lovely post! Especially since I started flying aeroplanes at the age of sixteen.

    And I loved the poem. My I add another, a short on by Henry Lee?

    I see no gleam of vict’ry alluring,
    no hope of splendid booty, or of gain.
    If I endure, I must go on enduring
    and my only reward for bearing pain – is pain.
    Yet though the thrill, the zest, and the hope are gone
    something within me keeps me fighting on.

  2. What a thrill to see how you used the bee photos, it made the craziness of all those hours of trying to photograph the bees in flight a little less crazy! In fact, someone close to me suggested I stop trying, that bees were too small to photograph successfully with my equipment. But I didn’t take the advice, and so glad I didn’t, your beautiful thoughts and words gave them meaning! Thank you, Connie, for taking me along for the ride:)

  3. Beautiful post in both words and photos! Filled with encouragement to keep on believing- no matter what it appears. Have a blessed Sunday!

  4. Your post was spiritual and emotional water and bread… refreshing and nourishing. Thank you.

  5. Beautiful words today! The poem about Abraham is very fitting. I pray I am like Abraham or Samuel and step out in faith when called. Thank you for sharing this at Weekend Whispers.

  6. You made me smile! Thanks!!

  7. Yes, yesterday, today and tomorrow, that is enough to know, isn’t it? I’m so glad you brought the bumblebee in for an example. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Beautiful words – such an encouraging reminder. Thank you! A pleasure to be your neighbor at #tellhisstory🙂 Blessings!

  9. I love this post! I’ve never had to trust God the way some of the “greats” have (Abraham, Noah, Daniel, David, etc.) But I often feel like I’m faced with the impossible. I have no idea how things will turn out, but I have to trust God to carry out His promises and to be with me through the journey. Thank you so much for sharing your heart.

    Alyssa

  10. feathering6innest

    Thank you for this beautiful post. I love all of the bee photos that Barb took, and how you used them. What a blessing to know that God can do the impossible. Kathi

  11. Constance, this post is doubly beautiful in that I adore bees, and I desire to have more faith to take bold steps. This reminds me it’s okay to be scared, but we also must dare to fly.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • Thank you so much, Wendy! Bees are lovely creatures, and I’m glad Barb captured photos of them in flight. I’m preaching to myself when I write about being obedient and the courage it sometimes requires. I’m glad we can encourage each other to be brave!

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