Friday, March 17, 2017

"The sky calls to me, and I can't ignore it."

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You know those moments when life is good and everything seems right . . . yet you feel restless? Often, it comes at a time you weren't expecting it.  You watch the sunset and, long to see what lies beyond the horizon. You want to see the sun sink beneath the waves of an ocean; you want to watch the clouds turn into molten gold from above them, not below. Suddenly, you feel small in the universe. Life seems short. And oh, you want to live life. To experience it to its fullest as time swiftly slips away. It's as if the horizon is calling, beckoning you to come and press its boundaries.You can almost feel the ache physically. You long to go beyond the day to day routine of life. You long to feel complete and utterly . . . free. Without the weights of this life pressing at us on every tun. Without the drudgery of small tasks that seem to never end.

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I've felt that way. No, I don't feel the call of the sea (perhaps because I live in Kansas? xD) But I have felt the call of the skies. I've flown three times that I can remember, and each time I fell more in love with it. Nothing stirs up a feeling of longing in my soul more than looking to the skies and wanting to see the earth from the other side of the clouds. For some reason or another, the skies stir up something in me nothing else does. 

From pinterest. 

I heard a song the other day when I was shopping with my mom. I don't remember all the words, but the chorus is simply summed up. Life is short, live it up. Do what you want to now, because you'll" never get a second chance. 

I don't agree with the message of that song, but I think, to an extent, there is some truth to it. Friends, life is short. We can spend our days as teens or young adults longing for a life different from out own. We can spend those days wishing we were doing something else.Wishing we were somewhere else on this journey called life. 

Or, perhaps, we can simply grasp hold of the days that are swiftly passing us by and make them count.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. Ecclesiastes 9:10

The days that pass we will never again live. With each day that ends, twenty-four more hours of our life silently slips away. In those past twenty-four hours, did we live them with eternity in sight?

The Bible says whatever we find to do, do it with might. Perhaps it's studying. Maybe it's doing the dishes, or helping with the laundry. Seemingly everyday tasks. But are we completing them grudgingly? Doing them because we know it's the right thing to do, and because it has to be done, but not really embracing it as our mission from God?

Wherever you are in life right now, you are in the middle of God's will for you in this particular time. Whether it's being a daughter/son in your parent's home, a college student,or a best selling author, it's where God has you for this season. No matter how small or insignificant your life may seem, it matters. Every day needs to be lived to the full. But not for ourselves. Not for our selfish desires. 

No, each day needs to be lived to the full with eternity in view. Yes, in a way, we need to keep our eyes fixed on a goal. On the horizon of eternity, where time will never end. Yet, at the same time, we need to keep our feet firmly grounded on what we're to do with the season of life we've been given. 

Wherever you are in life, live it to the glory of God. Pray about your desires, about your passions, about your dreams for the future. Perhaps, one day, what you hope and long for will come to pass. 

Have a goal here on earth, and work towards it. But in doing so, don't let the days slip by while your gaze is focused only on what you're working toward. I know how easy it is. Oh, do I know! It's so easy to look at the future and hope for the day when your dreams become reality. To long for the day when what you've worked hard for becomes your life.

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But until that day comes, we have got to be so, so careful to not waste the days we are given now in the pursuit of our long-term goal. Don't become so focused on tomorrow that you lose sight of today. No, live like there won't be a tomorrow. Because a new dawn is never promised. Someone who is here today may be gone tomorrow. What your hand has found to do more, do it with might! If it's schoolwork, than apply yourself to it. If it's a job you're not fond of, double your efforts to do a good job. If it's the seemingly endless drudgery of chores, think of those you are serving as a way to serve the Lord. Live today like eternity, our end goal, comes tomorrow.

Friends, today is a steppingstone to tomorrow. What we're going through now prepares us for what is ahead. 

Sometimes, the hardest thing in life is being content in our circumstances. But let's remember. We are where we are for a purpose. God has us here for a reason. So let's keep our eyes on what's a head of us, while still waiting with excitement for what's around the bend. 

My dream is to be a flight nurse. And who knows, maybe someday that dream will come true, and I'll be able to fly again.  To feel the weightless feeling that becomes addictive. The feeling of being suspended between earth and space, with nothing but the plane keeping you up as you defy the law of gravity. 

But until then, my feet are firmly on the ground, and I'm doing my best to keep my head out of the clouds. Because right now, God's will for me lies on this soil.

Not above it.



From pinterest.

Oh, and in case y'all were wondering, the title is a quote from one of my stories. :) 

15 comments:

  1. WOW this is beautiful and so true! I really needed to put this in perspective for my weekend - thank you. <3

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    1. Aww, so glad it was an encouragement to you, Kara! :)

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  2. Great perspective Jesseca and something our generation needs to hear more of!
    All the best on your future efforts to becoming a flight nurse. That can be a high stress job but it would also be very interesting I think!

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    1. Thank you, Arnica! I agree. ;)
      Yeah, very high stress . . . but I've looked into a few different career options, and I think it's the one that fits me the best. Never a dull moment for sure! xD

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  3. Amen, Jesseca. This whole post.... the message, is one God has really been unfolding in my heart recently. Life has been so hard, like the tunnel has no Light at the end- but that's a lie from Satan. God has a purpose. He is always with us. No day is too small, and time is precious! Thank you for sharing this, because it is so true. I know I'm babbling, but you have a lot of wisdom. We have a life to live, a Gift from God, and because it is so wonderful, Satan will try to knock us down, and let the Gift fade away. But GOD is Powerful, and nothing can stop us if we follow Him. :)
    I think it is so cool how you want to be a flight nurse, Jesseca! My older brother is an Army pilot... and one time, we witnessed a very bad car crash. A small helicopter from the hospital came- and the pilot landed the heli-carrior right. In. The. Middle. Of. A. Lane. No kidding. Like, perfectly between the yellow line and the side of the road! That was great.
    God bless you!
    -Ang | thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

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    1. Yeah, same here! Aww. *hugs* I'm sorry you guys have been going through a hard time. But yes, there is DEFINITELY Light!! Always, even when it's hard to see!
      Ohh, an army pilot! How interesting!! And yeah, I think it's so cool how they can do that . . . *grins* Modern technology and all is so amazing!

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  4. This was so beautiful, I have no words - literally, NO WORDS <3. THANK YOU for sharing your gorgeous thoughts with us, Jesseca. I really appreciated this post. You touched at least one heart today ;).

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Sav. :) I'm so glad it was a blessing to you! To God be the glory!

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  5. This is an inspiring and incredibly touching post! Thank you for making time to write it and share it with us <3 I loved reading the various verses in the post and your follow-up thoughts on them.

    - Andrea at A Surge of Thunder

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    1. Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed it! And you're welcome! It wasn't a post I was planning to write, but God laid it on my heart. :)

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  6. That was such a lovely, inspiring post, Jesseca!! :) Be grateful and make the most out of where God has you now. ;)

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    1. Thanks! :) YES! It can be hard . . . but it really is best!

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  7. Oh wow... This is beautiful. :) Thank you so much for sharing, dear, it was a blessing to me. <3

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    1. Thank you, Faith. :) You're welcome, and I'm glad it was a blessing! *hugs*

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