His Words Are All the Wings We Need

Have you ever experienced fear or pain so intense you wished you could fall asleep and wake up on the other side of it? We all face emotional storms in life that tempt us to give up or run away. I think that’s how David must have been feeling when he penned Psalm 55. On the heels of betrayal by a close friend, he wrote:

Literally translated, he is saying, “Who will give me wings like a dove?” Have you ever found yourself frantically asking the same thing? Who will rescue me? Who will help me? Who will get me out of this, through this…beyond this?

Often when faced with something overwhelming our first instinct is to avoid it at all costs. We shut down. We reach for something to numb the pain. We just want to escape.

The Old Testament character of Jonah tried that kind of running. Did you know Jonah’s name is actually the Hebrew word for “dove?”

When we desire to flee simply to escape the unpleasantness of our current reality, we might be tempted to ask, “Who will give me wings like Jonah?” But that’s the wrong kind of flying. We don’t want to run the way Jonah did, away from God.

When the psalmist says he wants to “fly away and find rest,” he’s looking for a place to settle, to dwell, to abide. He’s not looking for the momentary relief of an afternoon power nap. He is desperate for long term peace and security. 

The beautiful reality for the follower of Jesus is that we have the promise of this kind of rest without needing to sprout wings. Our shelter from the raging storm is neither remote nor inaccessible. It’s Jesus Himself. And He is right there with us in the middle of every storm we face. 

Who will give us wings like a dove? Well, the good news is, we don’t need them. We have all we need in the person and presence of Jesus — our Prince of Peace.

He tells us to abide in Him.

He will hold us securely. 

He will give us rest. 

His words are all the wings we need.

Take flight on the promises of Jesus, and let them bring you close to His heart, where you can know peace beyond all understanding or explaining, even while the storm keeps raging.

This article was originally posted at Well Christian Woman.

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