Tom Petty has a song called Learning to Fly. Simple song but so much in it. The chorus is “I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings/Coming down is the hardest thing/Well the good ol’ days may not return/And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn” It makes me wonder (okay, that’s from Stairway, but I’m not doing anything on Led Zeppelin). It makes me think (that’s better). We’re all learning to fly at times. But we just don’t have wings. It’s hard to fly when you don’t have wings. We’re constantly moving forward and there’ll be a day when things aren’t what they once were. Mainly because time keeps on slipping into the future (Steve Miller Band, I know). There will be a day when we’re tired, we’ve fallen, and all just doesn’t seem right.
That’s life at times. It’s life where all things just don’t seem right. It’s life when things seem so out of joint that it just doesn’t make sense. We’re tired of it all. We can get sick and tired of being sick and tired. There are times where it just doesn’t make sense that all things aren’t going well. It can come to a point where we just don’t know what’s going on.
And that’s where we get to the falling. The falling down is the hardest part (Well, the quick stop on the ground hurts pretty badly too). If we fly without wings then we will eventually fall.
We’re just not meant to fly.
But what if we were meant to soar?
We get tired and weary. We get frustrated and hurt. But there’s a promise of soaring. There’s a promise of soaring like being on eagle’s wings.
It’s in the prophet Isiah:
“[God] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 41:29-31
Even in the trying times, even in the hardest times, there is a promise that if we just place our trust, our hope, our dreams, all that we are into God’s hands, then we will soar like eagles.
Now, before y’all start nit picking a few things here, it’s important to place this in context. This is a promise to the people of Israel who were in exile in Babylon, miles away from their home town of Jerusalem and country of Judah. There is the promise that they’ll return and God will restore all things to not just how they were but how they will be when God makes all things new again. There’s a promise of restoration, not just of their town and country but of the whole world.
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 41:28-29
God’s in control. It’s hard to hear when things are going every which way but loose. It’s hard to hear when you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. It’s hard to hear when things just are all out of joint. It’s hard to do when you’re learning to fly but you just don’t have wings.
But what if we were meant to soar?
Paul writes in his second letter to the church in Corinth
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
The promise to soar which was given to the people in exile in Babylon is a promise given to you as well. A promise that is “Yes” in Jesus. A promise that can be obtained in trusting in Jesus in all things.
It can be hard. It can be tough. We want to fly on our own accord but we just ain’t got wings. On the other hand, soaring doesn’t require our own effort, it requires leaning on the wind and letting it take us where we need to be. When we trust in God through Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can soar.
Where might you be trying to learn to fly, but you just ain’t got wings? When you do, coming down is the hardest part. Now in all of this, what if you choose to soar instead?