He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. – Nietzsche
Meditation: When I look back at how I got to where I am today, I realize that Nietzsche is right. I progressed in my personal and professional journeys slowly while taking many, many small steps. Sometimes it felt like I was crawling instead of walking. Other times I was quasi catapulted forward. Every year I grew a little. In especially intense years, I advanced a lot. I went from walking to dancing and climbing. Who and where is God in all of this? I imagine God like a parent who is always available in different ways at different times: First like a parent who carefully watches over an infant who learns how to walk. Later as a parent observing a teenager learn how to dance. First she provides safety and encouragement, and later on he provides all the resources needed for the child to become a dancer. God knows that all those little steps will help us grow up and “fly” one day. And even then God will remain available, just in a new way. Maybe God becomes the net catching us when we fall.
Prayer: Guardian God, you are with us on our long journey of becoming. Like a mother, a father, or like an angel, you watch over us. You give us resources that we need to be able to grow. You slow us down when we try to fly too early. You know that in our own time, we will stand, walk, run, even climb and dance- and finally fly. You delight in us every step on the way. No developmental stage is more valuable than another. Thank you for being a “process God” who remains available “no matter what”. And we are grateful. Amen
Then the angel of the LORD returned for a second time and touched him. He said, “Get up and eat, or the journey will be too much for you.” 1. King 19:7