Joy from Challenges

Posted on June 28, 2014


Human Flight: Joy From Challenges

Human flight via motor operated air carrier or a flying machine was once thought impossible.

Tell that to the Wright Brothers. Read about their accomplishments here. They faced the fact of impossibility. Yet they allowed that challenge to redefine their scope of vision. Can you imagine the world yesterday, today, and tomorrow through their eyes? 

Moving to a new state I found myself faced with new barriers, new limitations, new obstacles. Yet, in my quiet time one day, I felt a calm, focused, new scope of vision.

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What if, limitations or heartbreaking barriers are simply a God gifted redirection towards joy?

I made a decision. I did not know anyone in my neighborhood. I did not know any parents at the school. I did not have someone to meet up with. I could sit back and wait for life to come to me, or I could start today sharing joy right now. If my life was redirected here, then it is an opportunity for joy. 

I went to the local library and walked up to the first employee I saw. 

“Hello” I said.

“Hello” she said.

“I just moved here and I don’t know anyone. Could you use a volunteer?”

This started a 30 minute conversation and we found we had many things in common. Relocating in our mid 30’s, families, common interests. We discussed that I was a nurse and a teacher yet I really just wanted to meet a need in the community. “Pick a time and day and you can design the curriculum” she said. I designed a program to meet the need of the local community with absolute joy. Today, those kids and their families have given so much more to my life than I could have ever imagined. Their smiles, heart, and enthusiasm for life has brought purpose, light, meaning and joy to our community. 

What moving so many times has taught me is that everything, everything, everything is an opportunity for joy.

New barriers, new limitations, new obstacles are moments where I am being redirected and given the opportunity for my vision to be expanded and my resolution refocused.

Does this mean that it always feels wonderful? It did not for me! There were days where it still felt desolate, foreign, even heartbreaking. This has taught me a truly valuable flying lesson. Feelings do not dictate the opportunities for flight in my life. How can we go to new heights if we do not let go of the hand of the known?

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James 1:2-4 (NIV) states, “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” 

The first human flying machine gliders did not work. There were so many accounts of test, retest, fail, try, retry. Feelings did not achieve this accomplishment. A refining, a sifting, a decision of forward motion to new horizons despite rigorous impossibilities is what gave this accomplishment wings.

In actuality, there were others before the Wright brothers who created apparatuses that could be flown in the air. None, however, that could be controlled. To be able to control the aircraft was key. To be able to choose which way it would go. To not be held victim and powerless to the measures of the air and sky. To be able to select a direction and then head towards it with all one’s strength and will. Before flight machines, human life could only travel on ground level forwards or backwards yet after flight, a new dimension existed. 

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I believe their story holds a very real truth for the human seeking to fly in new directions. Everything may seem impossible. Impossibility may even be a known fact, just as it was to the Wright brothers. Life may appear to flow in only two directions right now – forward or backward. Yet, what if another route were possible? What if every course in life is not made up of merely two directions, but of endless open doors for joy in the Lord if we will surrender, and walk forward towards them in faith? 

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When I first moved here it felt foreign. Different. Lonely to say the least. I prayed for God to open my eyes to possibilities of light and joy all around me. With a refocus of perspective, I saw that the obstacles, impediments, and challenges around me were simply a redirection of His opportunities for joy.

An opportunity for joy greets you today. It may be disguised as a redirection surrounded by brutal challenges.

“Hello” it says.

“Hello” you say.

Now, how amazingly high can you climb? How infinitely far can you soar? The world stands on the ground watching with anticipation as you take flight.

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Matthew 19:26 (NIV), “Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible,

but with God, all things are possible.”

I Believe in Joy!

 So, What are you supposed to do now? That’s Simple: Share Your Story



Author Joy Brownlee. Written and Photography copyrights
to Joy Brownlee @ ibelieveinjoy.com for the photos bearing Joy's watermark.

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