You Can Fly You Know

The other day I had to brake suddenly in my car, as a badling of ducks decided to waddle across the road…

Nehemiah 2:1-20

Reference: v.2 …so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”
I was very much afraid (TNIV Bible)

Explore: The other day I had to brake suddenly in my car, as a badling of ducks decided to waddle across the road just as I was driving past.  The car coming in the other direction noticed that I was sitting in the middle of the road, and upon recognising my reason, had to stop to let the ducks pass as well.  We looked at each other and laughed, as these little animals held up traffic on a main road.  As I accelerated away from the scene, I could not help but say out loud towards the ducks, “You can fly you know!”  These animals that were built to soar in the skies, had risked their lives by limiting their movement to the ground.  While the ducks were not fulfilling the full potential of what they had been made to do, they were actually putting themselves in a dangerous position.

Application: We, too, put ourselves in a dangerous position if we do not stretch ourselves to our full potential.  God has created each of us to soar in a particular way, but so often we limit ourselves to just a waddle.  When God put the burden on Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, he became sad and downcast when we was not moving in the direction to fulfil that task.  There is no denying that the task was dangerous and daunting – flying isn’t always safe! – but it was where Nehemiah was meant to be.  It’s easy for us to look at the dangers of flying, however, we overlook the disaster that can become of our lives if we limit ourselves to just waddling through life.

Prayer: Lord, may we recognise that you have built each of us to soar.  It is our time to fly now. May we have the courage to start to take flight. Amen.

How can you begin to fly?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.


Cameron BaileyAugust 10, 2011 at 9:47 AMReply

This is a top ten I reckon, love it!!

Greg SmithOctober 28, 2011 at 11:56 PMReply

What a great devotion! I witnessed a tragic crossing of a mama duck and her ducklings, where a car didn’t stop but plowed on through. I had the same thought you did. Very well put! Thanks.