4/15/2021 Flying lessons

In dedication to my nephew Cael Ryan Uzuanis 2/10/01 - 12/31/20. 

I trust you, O Lord I said, “You are my God.” My future is in your hands. Psalm 31:14-15a 

My nephew Cael wanted to be a pilot. Cael had dyslexia. My oldest daughter Alex, also has dyslexia. Learning to read was a daunting, painful, often tearful process. For a kid with dyslexia, homework is excruciating. A child with dyslexia is often quite bright. In fact, they are often highly skilled in compensating. Both Cael & Alex would see words inverted, half letters or moving letters. In most cases, they would focus on utilizing all of their senses and perceive messages in the form of pictures. Yes, school was very difficult and too often painful. Kids can be cruel. 

For Cael, his heightened sensory awareness drew him to the beauty of nature. Cael loved to travel and visit my sister Julie & brother-in-law Cory. They would take the kids to the mountains, on hikes - places where Cael could climb. Cael loved the excitement of the outdoors., He loved being on top of hills, mountains, high places. The freedom, the beauty, the picture he saw of the world below. 

In those moments, Cael could see all of God’s glory. It didn’t matter that words on a page sometimes looked like spaghetti. That difficulty gave Cael a powerful ability to see the world in vibrant pictures. Cael wanted to soar above the earth. 

Cael loved to stand on the ledge, near the edge. Like he knew he could fly. 

This was Cael’s first flying lesson.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10