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Made to Fly

My schedule (writing and otherwise) has been a bit erratic lately. It’s the end of school, which is always hectic, but this year is a bit different because our oldest son is graduating.

This is exciting and more than a little emotional. Since I teach and oversee the chapel worship team at our Christian school (of which my son is also a part), I help with coordinating the music for the graduation ceremony.

One of the songs we’ll be doing is “Catch the Wind” by Jonathan and Melissa Helser. My son is going to sing it while I’m on stage with him. I’ll admit, listening to this song has choked me up a few times.

I am strong and full of life
I am steadfast, no compromise
I lift my sails to the sky
I’m gonna catch the wind, I’m gonna catch the wind
I am bold, no fear inside
Spread my wings, open my life
Like an eagle, whose home is the sky
I’m gonna catch the wind, I’m gonna catch the wind
Your faithfulness will never let me down
I’m confident I’ll see Your goodness now
I know You hear my heart, I’m singing 
There’s nothing that can stop Your goodness now

As his mother and I have discussed, we’ve done a pretty good job of raising a strong, independent young man who’s ready to make an impact in the world. That part feels good. I’ll be hearing him sing these words and knowing that he means it and believes them stepping into a new season of his life.

It chokes me up though because I still want to protect him and because it’s hard to step into a new role of support. Still, I know he’ll never fly with me holding onto his legs (now, that’s a great visual!).

Letting go forces me to trust him but also allows me an opportunity to trust God more fully. I’ve known God’s faithfulness in my life through joyful times and difficulties. I don’t necessarily want to see my son go through difficulties, but I know when you go through them well, it produces something infinitely valuable.

He’s singing, “Your faithfulness will never let me down,” and it’s about to become so much more real than words of a song. At the same time, God’s goodness is readily available.

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  –Psalm 23:6

As cliche as it may sound, every ending is a beginning and this is no different. It’s a new season of trust and expectation for all of us so I’ll keep on singing as well, “Your faithfulness will never let me down…”

Noah, we are so proud of you! You’re a blessing in a thousand different ways and you’re growing into a tremendous man of honor and God’s favor. Never allow anyone to hold you back from God’s best because you truly were “born for the sky.” Excited to see you catch the wind and go higher than any of us could even dream. All my love.

How about you? How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your life?


  1. Congratulations, Noah! May you become the wonderful man God intends you to be on this journey of life.
    Love and blessings to all, Jason!

    • Thanks so much, Martha! 🙂

  2. I do know God is faithful, as I have seen Him do so much in my life, yet I am still waiting for more. Does that make sense?
    Congratulations to Noah!

    • Makes perfect sense! There is no end to His goodness, promise, and faithfulness--it’s always unfolding more and more. Thank you, Ed!

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