If I Had Wings
If I Had Wings
The Bible says, “And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest” (Ps. 55: 6-8).
So many times we find ourselves longing like king David for wings to escape when we seem to be overwhelmed with trying circumstances. There appears to be no solution to our problems; any peace or rest, and the only solution it seems is to take flight; remove ourselves from one geographical location to another. David states very clearly that he would if he could fly from his troubles to the wilderness; a place of solitude, he would as quick as possible escape the storms and trials in order to have peace and rest.
But like us, David was not equipped with wings because God has something better in store for His children; and in order for us to possess it we must endure the storms of life. God does not want us to flee the storm but face it and experience His grace and deliverance through it.
We read the writings of David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, and are blessed and encouraged as he speaks of a relationship with God that was deep and meaningful; revealing God’s faithfulness, love, power and deliverance in the most adverse situation. David writes of life’s troubles in a way that we today can identify with. He struggled as we struggle. He failed and was restored as we do and are. But all we see about David and the help and encouragement we receive from his psalms would not be available if David had been able, as he longed, to escape from the war. It was the struggles of life that enriched David’s life. Great saints then and now are made by sticking to the fight and trusting God to help and bless and deliver through the storm and the fire.
Trials are designed to mature the Christian. Those who are constantly running from difficult situations never mature into godly individuals who manifest Christ likeness. Those who face the storm and accept the fight and the struggle become experienced in the fight against the enemy, and as well see firsthand God at work in their life and on their behalf.
I’ll be the first to admit that when trials come I wish I had wings to fly away; because my first response is to flee to a place of peace and rest. But after the trial is over, and the storm clouds are past, and the sun shines again, I am glad I trusted God and endured the test. Because as a result of the test I came to know my Savior better by experiencing His grace, love, and power, as it was demonstrated to me in my darkest hour. So really I’m glad I don’t have wings, because I have Jesus, and in the shadow of His wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast (Ps. 57:1).
James H. Cagle
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