Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. Psalm 55:5-7 NLT
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 40:31-41:1 NLT
When the dragon realized that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But she was given two wings like those of a great eagle so she could fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness. There she would be cared for and protected from the dragon for a time, times, and half a time.
Revelation 12:13-14 NLT
There are wings under which we can take refuge, and there are wings that come underneath us and carry us when we are helplessly falling. But there are also wings given us to soar above and away from whatever is oppressing us. In Psalm 55, it is the effects of betrayal by a close friend that David needs to be delivered from. In Isaiah 40, the Judean captives needed to persevere through the Babylonian exile and dare to believe the promises of a return. In Revelation, the woman (the Church?) needs to escape from the dragon who seeks to devour her. In the first case, David wishes for wings, and in the second and third wings are given.
Paul said that every test that we may face is common to everybody, and that God will make a way of escape (1 Cor 10:13). Wings! He protects us as chicks, carries us as fledglings, and delights to soar with us over and above everything that threatens us. As his Spirit soared over the empty cosmos so he delights to work in us and gives us the grace and power to rise above everything that would drag us down. This is the power that enabled Jesus to face rejection, and injustice, and even death, and at the end of it all, to breathe, “Forgive them, because they don’t know what they are doing.” That, dear friends, is to soar, and it is our birthright!
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