Flight into the Sun

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
flightsun.jpgIn Greek mythology, Icarus, taking flight with wings made by his father, wanted to fly close to the sun. When he flew too high, however, the sun melted the wax that held the feathers. Feathers flew, and Icarus didn’t. The ambitious son plunged to his death.
The story serves as a warning against high ambitions. For the flight of faith, however, there are no limits. No barriers exist. We are free to exceed our limitations.
We can do this because we fly in God’s heaven. He himself invites us to ever higher flights. Reaching into his heavenly height, closing in on his presence, is not a danger, but an opportunity.
What does it mean to fly high? It means to know the Creator of the universe more intimately. To risk more for the Kingdom of God. To dare more for the gospel of Christ. To love freely and sacrificially without worrying if love will be returned.
The only danger is to give in to fear, to let our past become our future, to lose sight of the heights because we are obsessed with stones and trash on the ground.
We can fly without limits because the power is God’s. He sustains, renews, supports, and blows, by his ever-present Spirit, to lift our wings of faith, love and hope.
God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV).
With that truth in mind, my thoughts pale in the shadow of God’s power. My requests are puny next to the infinite goodness of the Lord. But he works and does and acts according to his power, not by my limited vision.
The world engages in flights of fancy, while the child of God is borne ever upward where his light gladdens the heart, empowers the will and draws the daring into eternal life.
Spread those wings!

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