Flying Sideways

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

I watched the geese fly overhead this morning
Just as they have the past several days;
But noticed with the gentle south wind blowing,
That some were flying just a little sideways.
See, they were heading west, out toward the mountains;
The wind was pushing at them from the side.
And some of them seemed unaffected by it.
But others struggled ‘gainst the windy tide.
Perhaps the geese who seemed to fly undaunted
Are those who’ve flown through stormy winds before;
And in them, learned to better use their own wings
To let the strong winds guide them as they soar.
The trials we face are never meant to crush us.
Our Heavenly Father knows just what we need.
And if He sends a cross wind, it’s to guide us,
And help us, even better, to succeed.
If we just beat our wings against the tempest,
We’ll be those flying sideways, worn and spent.
But if we learn to let the storm winds guide us,
Then even in them, we can be content.
And in time, we’ll rise higher on the winds
As we learn they just guide us back to Him.
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;”
2 Corinthians 4:8 NKJV
©Lisa DeVinney, December 2013

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