As a Private Pilot, when I hear that song "I Believe I Can Fly", I have extra help with the notion of flying. We had a single engine Cessna 182 that was a sweet ride, and we logged many hours flying across this great country. I've only flown an airplane once since my Honey's promotion to heaven, but I remember some crucially important things that ensured landing where AND when we intended. Knowing the plane's airspeed, wind velocity and wind direction is essential to a pilot. It requires course corrections throughout the flight. A strong wind can certainly take you off course. Constant “tweaking” is necessary. All it takes is to be off just a few degrees and you can end up in Timbuktu, instead of where you intended to go.
And isn’t that true in our lives, as well? Our emotions, our bodies, and our spirits may get off course by “negative winds” that blew in. They may have come in by the company we keep, the food choices we’ve made, some unhealthy habits, some compromising of our ethics and integrity, or literally missing the mark. The winds can certainly slow us down, and take us completely off course -- not to mention, keep us from receiving the blessings that could have been ours if we had stayed on course.
This season of Lent continues through March 24th, and we've been deliberately focusing our attention on getting it right – getting our hearts right. Lent is the perfect time to make course corrections – where we make the adjustments necessary to be fully devoted followers of Christ. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10.
I promise you….this is the stuff that helps us fly and soar higher than we’ve EVER flown before.