So, today God spoke to me through a picture of a hot air balloon and I felt he was offering an invitation…
Come up here with ME!
The hot air balloon I could see was on the ground and full of hot air seemingly ready to take off but the wicker basket was laden down with sand bags to stop it moving around because of the weight tethering it to the ground.
Those sand bags represented different worries, concerns, weights that people were carrying around with them. The words on the bags were: job, family, health, friendships, finances, judgement, unforgiveness, hurt, rejection to name just a few.
What’s on your sand bag today, in this season that is keeping you tethered to the ground and held back?
God is offering freedom in exchange for the sandbags.
Matt 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
As I watched the hot air balloon God was cutting the ties that kept the sandbags attached to the balloon’s basket and they were dropping to the ground. As each bag dropped the hot air balloon rose higher and higher into the sky, unencumbered and floating freely as it was intended.
If you have ever seen hot air balloons in flight you will know they are quite a spectacle to look at and always draw the eye. They are so incredibly detailed and colourful and they seem to just be suspended in mid-air, hardly moving, just gracefully hanging in the sky. From what I have read, balloon flights are incredibly peaceful as you can’t hear the noise from the ground and you are almost in a ‘peaceful’ bubble with just the sound of the burner as it injects more hot gas into the balloon to control its height.
I felt God say that when we fix our eyes on him and allow ourselves to come up high with him, above it all, that the sandbags/problems of our lives seem so small. When we see things from his perspective it changes everything. He was saying,
Do you see the sandbags anymore from here? This is my perspective and you need to view your world from my perspective. Do you trust me with those sandbags? I’m not worried about them so why are you? When you come up here with me we just get to hang out and enjoy daddy, daughter/son time and it’s so peaceful. Whilst we have this time together you can get things into perspective. The more you see from my perspective the smaller your problems will become.
2Cor 4:18 MSG So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
The song playing in my head whilst I was seeing this picture was the song by Jenn Johnson called Gravity which is all about rising above the everyday stuff that bogs us down to see it all from God’s perspective.
Matt 6:26-34 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So, today instead of looking down and searching for those sandbags that are now unattached, use this opportunity to look at the splendour around you and be thankful for all that you do have. When we remember why Jesus went to the cross so that we could be free he didn’t want us to try and manage on our own. He wanted to be intimately involved in our lives and that means in everything that troubles us. He also doesn’t want us to go reattaching the sandbags once we come back down to the ground. When they have been cut free don’t go back for them.
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
So, what are your sandbags?
God is offering you an invitation, come up here with me.