When I was a child I used to dream that I was able to fly. It seemed so real; the sensation of the wind in my face, the excitement of looking down at the houses and trees in my neighborhood, the feeling of moving fast through the air without the limitations of being earthbound. Sometimes I actually believed I was close to achieving a certain focus that would enable me to close my eyes, spread out my arms and take flight!
Alas, those dreams were a long time ago, before adulthood, responsibilities, disappointments, pain, the hard work that living sometimes seems to be. However, there is still a seed of hope in me and lately it’s growing again!
In “The Lion King,” Simba, the young lion cub, begins to grow up and becomes aware that something primal is missing in his life. You see, he was destined to become the Lion King in place of his father, Mufasa, but because of the deceit of his wicked uncle Skar, Simba believed he had caused the death of his father and he ran away. Simba believed a lie and because of fear and shame gave up on his dream of being the Lion King. He stopped believing he could fly. One night, when his identity crisis had reached its breaking point, Simba heard the voice of his Father from the sky saying “you have forgotten who you are and you’ve forgotten me,” and, my favorite line: “you are more than you’ve become.”
Our Heavenly Father is saying the same thing to his people. We are more than we’ve become. He is not saying it reproachfully, but in a loving and empowering way. If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new species, a new creation. We were created to fly; not just in the sweet bye and bye, but here… now. By the grace of God we see the invisible, we hear the inaudible, we explore the unsearchable, we declare the unspeakable. Through the Holy Spirit we live in two realities at the same time: the physical world and the spiritual realm. As a new species in Jesus, we can dream again, His dream for us is much grander and nobler (and at times, harder, but so worth it) than our dreams without Him. Indeed, dream because the God who knows you the best has put dreams in your heart.
So, spread your wings, live your dreams, catch the sky and fly!