Some days its all I can do to just get through it. To fly under the radar low enough to not be spotted, because if I'm spotted I have some explaining to do. If I'm spotted I have some pride to swallow, because I am inches away from a crash and burn. Me, the one who is always trying to encourage others to look up. To trust God. To be victorious in the battles of life. To pray without ceasing. I have days I forget all that and focus too long on the trials at hand. I don't stop to encourage myself or remind myself of the truth.
No one is immune to falling down. No one is capable of flying for long without taking a break to stop for gas and get some rest. And we weren't created to fly alone. As a matter of fact, if we find ourselves in the pilot seat, we've thrown the pilot out! We were made to inhabit the other seat - the one for the passenger. We need God to pilot for us. On those days when I'm having a hard time getting through the hours, I cling to Him because if I don't I find myself lying in the wreckage at the crash site wishing I had.
I love to encourage others. I get joy from sending people cards and writing encouraging words upon them, especially those from God's word. But when it is me who needs to be encouraged I have a hard time because the words I say to myself aren't always encouraging. I tend to be hard on myself and judge myself harshly, thinking I should know better than to become discouraged. I can be my own worse critic. But the truth is, everyone gets discouraged at times, it's a fact of life. But it is not where God wants us to stay. When I open His word and start reading, it doesn't take long before He has encouraged me. It's like He wrote me a note and sent it through the corridors of time to be opened and read right at the precise time I needed to hear His voice.
He has also put people in my life who encourage me. People who see my faults and love me anyway. They can see beyond my faults to the woman God is creating me to become and they encourage me to continue pressing forward into His plan. We all need that desperately in a world that tears us down so quickly, and with an enemy who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy us at every turn. It's those encouraging words, those words of truth, that help us never forget WHO the hero of our story is, and that HE is the VICTOR, and we are journeying through this life with HIM.
Are you flying low today? In need of some encouragement? You are not alone my sister. God is for you and not against you. He has a plan and a purpose for your life and it is good, so good. He loves you and He says so in His love letter to you. Open it and take a look. He desires to encourage you to keep moving forward, and continue becoming the woman He created you to be. Pull up! And keep flying, today is no day to crash and burn!
Grateful to share airspace with you,