Oh, That I Had Wings Like a Dove

Wings of dove, we too desire to fly away in the good feeling of temporary relief from our troubles. but it is only under the wings of our God, our Lord- the Almighty that we can receive comfort. In fellowship with Him, we experience His peace at the moment when we give Him our burdens and our cares. King David concluded the Psalm by saying, Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved; But You, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in, rely on, and confidently rely on You (22-23). The burden of a betrayal is a heavy one to carry alone. Our Lord well knows about it; He Himself went through it. The bitter feeling that follows, touches the soul deeply, resulting in tears, despair, emotional hurt and disappointment.  Because we do not have a discerning spirit to know for sure whom to trust, we fall into disappointments over and over. But God is always ready to rescue and comfort us, only we must seek Him in the pages of His Word. For Those who wait for the Lord, shall renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and munt up [close to God] as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired (Isaiah 40:31).

The wings of forgiveness are the wings that will take us far from the hurt of betrayals; it will take us close to God, where we will find rest for our weary and tormented soul. That’s the active part of casting our burdens on the Lord. YAHSHUA, when on the cross, being crucified, nails hammed on His hands and feet, did not have a place to run to, neither desired wings of a dove to escape His ordeal. But one thing He did: He forgave His enemies by uttering His prayer of forgiveness to His Father: Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do. His prayer loosened the captives and salvation freshly from the cross reached the centurion and his soldiers. Matthew reports that when the centurion and those who were with him keeping watch over YAHSHUA observed the earthquake and all that was happening, they were terribly frightened and filled with awe, and said, Truly, this was God’s Son! (Matt. 27:54) Men’s desire to run away from their trials is natural. For not understanding the reason for our trials, we do not easily accept them. But if only we knew the benefits they bring us, we would rest on the hope of a better tomorrow, believing nothing happens to us in vain, not for a born-again believer. We must run to Him, not away from Him when facing the storms. The strength of His presence will help us to cope with clear mind, for the Bible says, For Messiah did not please Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches and abuses of those who reproached and abused you fell on Me (Rom. 15:3; Ps. 69:9).

The Prophet Jeremiah, like King David, suffered much from the hands of his own people. Rejecting the message from God, they cast Jeremiah into a muddy cistern. Jeremiah’s cry came to the Lord and He delivered him. Later he described his ordeal: I have been hunted down like a bird by those who were my enemies without cause. They destroyed my life in the dungeon (pit) and cast a stone above me; the waters ran down on my head; I said, I am gone; I called upon Your name, O Lord, out of the depths of the dungeon; You heard my voice (Lam. 3: 52-56a).

Today, the action may not be so extremely against us, but nevertheless, it is of concern whatever touches our heart and our will to want to go somewhere far, and away from our troubles. Near, so near is His help in times of our need. Has the Lord forgotten us forever? was the question asked by one of the psalmists. It may be ours too, when we are anxious and lost in our despair. But as the Prophet Jeremiah concluded, But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not; they are new every morning; great and abundant is You faithfulness (Lam. 3:21-23). The Word of God never loses power; what He says, He will do and will accomplish His purposes in our life “through thick and thin.” Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, the Word of God says. They shall lift their wings and mount up as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isa. 40: 31).


Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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