Up, Up and Away-June’s WOW-From Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour!

Thanks so much for joining me for more words of wisdom and weapons of warfare for June – really for life! Grab your coffee and come on in. We were just about to watch ourselves go up, up and away in a big hot air balloon!

I was gonna say close your eyes, but then you wouldn’t be able to read these words! I’m such a goof sometimes. Okay. So, imagine with me, there’s a gentle breeze blowing, and what’s that other sound I hear – Oh, yeah, the crashing waves! OMG, are we gonna go up, up and away over the ocean? Please no. Okay, let’s reset this. It’s just flowers and hills, and every time the breeze blows, we can smell the sweet fragrance of jasmine. Okay, that’s better!

The instructor is giving us some info on the hot air balloon: The basis of how the balloon works is that warmer air rises in cooler air. This is because hot air is lighter than cool air as it has less mass per unit of volume. Mass can be defined by the measure of how much matter something contains. The actual balloon – which is the envelope — has to be huge because it takes such a large amount of heated air to lift it off the ground. For example, to lift 1000 pounds worth of weight you would need almost 65,000 cubic feet of heated air!

up, up & away . . .

Oh, I just had a funny thought: Put about ten attorneys around it exhaling and poof, it would go up no problem! Just kidding! Okay, let’s continue!

To help get the balloon off the ground and keep it in the air, the burner, which is like the engine of the balloon, moves hot air up into the envelope. So that’s how it gets its “gas” so to speak. And here I thought it was wind driven! But actually, if there’s too much wind, the balloon ride, also called a “flight,” may be cancelled because that would mean that the burner could get burned out! Okay, let’s move to the part that you and I are actually waiting, in the basket!

The basket is the bottom part of the balloon which carries the passengers, pilot and propane gas cylinders. Baskets come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, some smaller for the more intimate flights for 2-3 people, right through to the larger sizes (20+) used for public flights.

the basket

So we’re in a small basket, getting ready for takeoff. Remember, our bodies are in the basket, but our souls are on the ground watching and observing.

Now let’s think on these words so I can share this revelation: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.

I’ll let you in on a little secret of how I’ve interpreted a couple versus on humility, especially over the past couple of years. Whenever I’ve read any of the versus having to do with humility, they always conclude with Him lifting us up, and I will admit to you, I’ve always limited that lifting to my current writing and publication journey as a source of encouragement to keep going. In my mind and heart, I took these scriptures to mean that He will lift my writing up and get us out there so I don’t have to work so hard at it! Okay, so there it is; I’m telling on myself! Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying “I” want to be famous, honestly; but I do want my writing that HE gives me to get out there, and He knows my heart.

Well, one morning sitting with Him in my quiet time — after I read some from my Andrew Murray book on Humility — I was crying out to Him, whining and complaining about something happening way too close to me for comfort. I mean I was really struggling emotionally. In my heart was this twisted frustration and what I deem to be righteous anger about what was happening, but my anger was threatening to spill over onto the people involved. I was truly in a hard, hard battle, and it was so very difficult to see anything but the battle.

In the midst of my internal battle, He gave me this vision of a hot air balloon going up, up and away, and then He led me back to what I had just read in my book by Andrew Murray, which was James 4, Verse 6 first, which talks about Him showing grace to the humble, and then Verse 10, “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

Oh, I felt the humility pour into my veins and begin to feed my bone marrow. Lifting me up didn’t mean what I thought it did. Lifting me up meant and continues to mean that He will lift me up and out of myself, lifting me further and further away from my flesh, my thoughts, my ways, until I am conformed into the image more like Him.

take us up, up and away!

Oh, Father, take me up, up and away, further from myself, closer to you!



P.S. Come back 2morrow for more of “Think Like a Sheep!”

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