Free Falling

Gravity pulling, pulling, pulling the body straight down. At a swift pace, free fall ensues and the body plunges deeper, deeper and deeper into the black abyss. Never scared. In fact, quite freeing. Liberating.


I was about eight then. It was a recurring dream of mine for years to come. Almost nightly I’d fall free into inky oblivion.


But those are the things of dreams. Fast forward to the adult who becomes rigid, somewhat inflexible and seemingly thrives in order. The adult who manages her life in 15-minute increments and leaves no room for spontaneity. No freedom to coast, even in dreams. Control is the order of the day.


But in comes a new dream. A dream of flying. While the free fall is but a wisp of a memory, the flying dreams are fresh, new, invigorating, and exciting. What a stark contrast to the rigid one in real life. In the dreams she is FREE. Soaring on wings as eagles, she glides gracefully over valley and deep crevasses. From the ground she begins to pump her arms then as if propelled by rocket boots, she shoots straight into the air. Dip, twist, turn, and pivot. Slicing through the air. And it all feels so real.


Then the Lord calls to her. He says, “Come out of the box you’ve been hiding in. I see you daughter”. Slightly cautious and somewhat afraid she unfurls her contorted limbs and stretches out of the box.


But life has her feeling on edge. The pressures and demands of fullfilling so many roles, being so many things to so many people. Called to a higher calling in the Lord. Feeling, Lord if you ask for one more thing, I’ll fall. Lord, I’m right on the edge. I’m at the precipice and I don’t want to fall into the craggy rocks below.


But the Lord says, “Trust Me! Fall.”


She is usually one to obey. But this time fear and apprehension keep her locked it in place. Free fall? Umm…no thank you. Like the Flying Wallendas sailing through the air with no safety net? No, that won’t be me.  Where’s the harness? Where’s the safety net?  Where are my spotters? What’s the likelihood of an accident? I need the details. I need concrete information.  Again he whispers, “Have Faith.”


Oh how faithful is HE. She has a vision, a waking one this time. So akin to the flying dreams yet different. This time the Lord takes her to a HIGH place. He tells her to free fall. He takes her back to the time when she came out of the box and He revealed a new element in the scene. When she comes out of the box, from her back unfurls gigantic, iridescent wings. At full height they are nearly 10 feet tall with a massive wingspan.


Now back to that precipice. Together we step off the ledge…..AND


I do it again.


I smother the vision before I give it permission to unfold.


Afraid to use what I’ve been given. Afraid even though I’ve clearly seen that I’ve been endowed to take flight. Then the message continues to track me down.


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free falling


I read it in a book.

I read it over and over in the word.

He brings the vision back into my mind.

I see it on a sign I drive past.


fall into God


I get new revelation on what the wings are for (Looking forward to sharing more on that in a future post).


Earlier this year He was calling me deeper.


Now He’s calling me higher.


Until I give my own wings an opportunity to get some practice, He’s carrying me on His.


You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.

Exodus 19:4


But soon, very soon, I’ll take the bold step. From that precarious perch, high in the sky, I’ll step off the ledge and take flight.


Free Falling


But confident because I KNOW I have wings.


But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31


As always, it is my prayer that you’ve been Inspired To Live Fully!


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2 replies
  1. Brandi Jefferson-Motley
    Brandi Jefferson-Motley says:

    My dear sister Tyra, as soon as I began reading this post, Isaiah 40:31 was the first verse that came to my mind. I am rejoicing and praising our Heavenly Father in advance for the new season He is preparing to catapult you into. Like a caterpillar, protected within its chrysallis until the appointed time it is to break free, spread its beautiful wings and soar; the Lord is your fortress as you anticipate the transformation that is about to occur within you to be taken higher in the Lord.

    • Tyra Lane-Kingsland
      Tyra Lane-Kingsland says:

      Thank you sweetie for the love, prayers and support. It’s funny you mention the chrysalis because I experienced a life changing moment last month attending a class with that in the title. And even the word catapult you used scares me slightly. But as one of my favorite early 90’s bands sings I gotta “Spread my wings and fly away…”


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