Thursday, March 13, 2008

Helium Head!


I got a mental picture last week of something,
that I want to attempt to share with Ya'll!
I was thinking of how important it is to have hope, to have dreams.
How we can't let that die.
And I got this clear picture of a man on a side walk, in an average suit,
with concrete boots
(I know, not realistic, but, work with me,
you won't be sorry!),
anyway, concrete boots and a HELIUM Balloon HEAD!


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(the closet thing I know to concrete boots!
Isn't she adorable? Photobucket image, of course!)

I don't remember ever not having something,
even if it was ridiculous
(you know those ones of childhood and youth)
to dream about, and to hope for.
As I matured (really, I did Ya'll!)
I understood the need to work hard, to plan, to reassess
to make those things happen, or exchange them for an updated
or even completely different dream.

There is so much in the way of profundity on this topic,
that I am NOT equipped to attempt.
What I got was a simple picture of the fact, that dreams keep our head up!
That while we are to be anchored in Christ, anchored in reality,
living and working, laughing and loving here in this world,
we need our hope, we need our dreams,
they keep our head up.
Like a helium filled balloon!

The work, the surviving, the getting back up again,
the not giving up, and not quitting, THAT is our concrete boots.

Pardon Me a Little Paraphrasing:

We are to be "rooted and grounded in Christ",
We are to count the cost,
We are to count it all glory,
We are to press on,
We are to write the vision down and make it plain,
We are to think on whatever is noble, whatever is pure...
We are to keep our minds on Him
We are not to look back,
We are not to get weary or faint
We are to wait on the Lord
We are to be of good courage

The visual was so clear, and with it the realization,
WE COULDN'T LIFT OUR HEADS UP
to look and move forward
without dreams, without hope.
Dreams keep us going.
That's our Helium Head!

Dreams and hope;
hope in the unfailing love of our Father,
faith in the perfect love of Jesus,
these things keep our head up!
And remember, if the Bible IS our road map,
then nobody dreamed small in there.
It's ALL big, Ya'll! It's ALL big!

His mercies are NEW EVERY morning
,
Great is His faithfullness,
How about yours?!
There's a Part Deux, hopefully tomorrow.

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And feet on the ground!

10 comments:

Renee's Reading Corner said...

I really, really needed to read this today! Thank you so much!

Renee'
http://rmboys2.wordpress.com/

freetofly said...

Hi Renee'! So glad it lifted you up! You are very welcome, and I appreciate your coming by!

Hope your week is going well!


xoxox,
Maria

Denise said...

This was such a great read today, thank you.

MelanieJoy said...

Maria,

I soooo needed to to hear this today. Work has been so stressful in the last few weeks.
Hope all is well your way....
Blessings....

luvmy4sons said...

You have no idea how I needed to hear that. Please visit my blog and read the THIRD post of the day. You won't believe it! Anyway, great blog, great thoughts, great pictures!

Carole said...

You have got a head for putting two abstract thoughts into concise, clear teaching concepts. Nice job.

Tiffany said...

So, I'm curious....what are your dreams and hopes? I love to read and share in other peoples' happiness. I think it just makes ya feel good, ya know?

freetofly said...

Hi, Denise! Thank you.

Melanie-Joy, life is pretty good! Thanks for asking! I really enjoyed your post oabout plants and the sunlight! Neat stuff!

Hope you have a refreshing weekend!

Leslie, I can't believe that you are so encouraging, right in the middle of all your trouble! That means a whole lot! Thanks!

Carole, I hope you know I have IMMENSE regard for your writing, so an encouraging word from you is like gold! Thank you! Sometimes I ask myself to what avail do I do this, but, I just keep plugging!

Tiff, That's a story for another day! Thanks for the thought though!

:) Happy Friday everyone! And thanks again!

Maria

Karen said...

Your insights are amazing, so visual, scriptural and anointed! Keep teaching Maria, do not be discouraged - what a gift!

freetofly said...

Karen, Your encouragement is greatly appreciated! Yesterday was a funky day! This went a long way to the good!

Take care,
Maria

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!