When hang gliding off a mountain the weather must be perfect. If the wind is too strong it can be dangerous, but if it is too light it won’t lift the glider off the ground. The wind must also be straight if it goes to the left or to the right the pilot could fly into the trees. There have been times that I waited with my husband for over two hours and we would end up calling it a day because the conditions weren’t good enough.
On a flyable day, the wind would blow straight into the mountain. My heart would skip beats and echo in my mind, I knew we would be in motion soon. The moment my husband would holler, “Clear!” I had to run as fast as I could until there was no more ground to run on. The wind would swoop under the wings of the glider and pull us up into the fresh, crisp mountain air. The initial shock to my mind was alarming, but after a few moments I would be away from the cliff and high above the mountain into the open air, it was exhilarating!
My husband used to hang glide all the time. It became second nature to him. First, he waited for perfect conditions. Next, he ran with all his might aiming for the edge of the mountain. Finally, he took a giant leap of faith, both physically and mentally, into the open air, allowing himself to soar like the eagles high above the mountains.
If I wanted to become a hang gliding pilot, I would have to learn to be patient. I would need to make sure all of my protective gear was on and connected to the glider. If I ran off the side of the mountain without the proper gear and training, it would be catastrophic. I would most likely die.
In my life, God is teaching me the same thing. He is teaching me that I must be patient and trust Him. My daughter is learning to fly in her life. I keep desiring to take the reins and put her in the passenger seat. I want to protect her and point her in the right direction. Not only would it cause problems between my daughter and me, but it would ultimately hurt her growth in Christ. I would be putting myself in God’s place. My job is to support her with prayer, encouragement and an abundance of love. This will bring peace to my relationship with my daughter. The Lord will teach her to wait on Him and He will help her to soar like the eagles.
Inspired by: Isaiah 40:31