Our guest blogger today is Stephanie Nickel.

In Stephanie’s poems, she relates life experiences to flight. In “Flight Instructor,” she shares the truths that God never leaves us and that we can call out to Him at any time, whether we are soaring high or stranded and earthbound. So as we pray we call out to God at all times and in all situations.

Flight Instructor

by Stephanie Nickel (reprinted with permission July 30, 2010)

The One who gave me wings
Doesn’t force me to fly.

I soar.
I walk.
And sometimes…
I crash.

And yet,
My Instructor is always nearby.
Reminding me of my wings.
Walking beside me when I’m tired
Or forgetful.

When needed,
He comforts me and tends my wounds,
Never leaving me alone in the dirt.

He also sends me
They too have wings
And are prone to the same frailties.
But at any given moment,
They become my inspiration.
I’ll remember for a lifetime.

Memories of others
May fade.
But together,
The lessons they teach
Will forever be part
Of the new heights I reach.

With thanks to all those who have reminded me of my wings–and my responsibility to help others soar.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29, ESV).


Stephanie Nickel

Stephanie is a wife of over 28 years and has three grown children. She is eclectically interested, to say the least. Among her current pursuits are co-authoring Deb Willows’ autobiography; freelance editing; and keeping up with a number of blogs. Stephanie is a member of The Word Guild and works on “Write! On,” the news bulletin for guild members. To read more of her poetry, visit Free2Soar.

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