If Only I Had Wings

June 26, 2016

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Scripture

I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly far away and be at peace.

~Psalm 55:6, CEV

Quote

Some people live in a dream world while other face reality and a rare few learn to turn one into the other.

~Doug Everett

Escapism is the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant circumstances or realities. We may achieve this relief through entertainment, recreation, hard work, drugs or fantasy. Usually, when a person get addicted to drugs, it is an effort to escape an unpleasant reality. In David’s case, his life was threatened by a friend who betrayed him and David came so close to death that he was terrified. In that moment of fear and anxiety, David prayed, “I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly away and be at peace.”

Hey, there is nothing wrong with David’s desire for peace and security. Only a fool would pray to be on someone’s hit list. A powerful person had a contract on David’s life and he was feeling very insecure. He longed to be like a bird because they have a distinct advantage over their predators and over we humans; they have wings. In seconds a dove can escape danger by taking flight. They can fly above the fray and they leave no tracts for those who would hunt them. Have you ever saw a dove in a storm? Birds don’t do storms; instinctively they fly away from or above the storms. They are the ultimate escape artist.

So, David is wishing he could be like a bird and escape his problems by getting away from the storm and the turmoil. BUT we are not birds and God is not pleased when we run from our problems. Little children use fantasy as an escape valve and that is a God given survival instinct but a part of growing up is learning to face reality whether it is pleasant or not. By the way, there is one bird that doesn’t fly away to escape reality, it buries its head in the sand. Its the Ostrich and it is a stupid bird. [Job 39:13-18]

So, don’t make excuses and don’t be childish, immature or stupid–face your problems. It is not like you are alone, Jesus will help you. He is our courage and our peace.

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Caught In The Storm

December 18, 2015

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Scripture

“O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”

~Psalm 55:6

Quote

“The best way to endure a storm is to stay low–on your knees.”

~Paul Chappell

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As humans, it is impossible to evade all the storms of life. Storms of grief, sorrow, heartache, anxiety, fear and suffering come to all. Like David, it is our instinct to flee the storm, to find shelter or a safe place.

As I mediated on Psalm 55 yesterday, this question came to mind: can a dove fly above the storm. There is an African vulture, the Ruppell’s Griffon, that can fly at 37,800 feet. This ugly birds has a wing span of ten feet but I doubt if a small bird like the dove has the capability to fly half this high. The average altitude of a dove in flight is 500 feet. Dove’s are low flyers. Thunderstorms can rise to heights of 70,000 feet which means, Jets don’t fly above them, let alone birds. When a storm comes, the smaller birds like the dove look for shelter in a bush or wooded area. The goal of the dove is safety and shelter.

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We humans are a lot like doves. We are not that brave when it comes to storms. Our instincts tell us to run, seek shelter or find a safe hiding place. Noah found shelter in the midst of the storm. The Ark was his hiding place. Noah didn’t avoid the storm, he went through the storm in the safety of the Ark. Jesus is our Ark. He doesn’t always save us from the storm but through the storm. I seek His shelter daily. Jesus is my hiding place.

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  • June and I got home from the doctor at 8:15, we had to hustle from Cullman to Hartselle before Rite Aid closed. I have a ruptured disc in L-3-4 and it is pinching two nerves. The nerve going to my left foot and the one coming back. Dr. Ward is trying to schedule an LES Lumbar Epidural Steroid shot for immediate relief but they are backed up and his goal is sometime before Christmas. This means my life style, 8 hours up and 16 down is not going to change.  One thing to be thankful for this time is that I can sit up and walk a little whereas last Spring I couldn’t walk or sit.
  • Sunday Schedule: Donuts @ 9:00, LCBS @ 9:15, CELEBRATE JESUS in worship @ 10:15, and Nursing Home Ministry at 1:00 [Summerfords].
  • The YOUNG PEOPLE are great about sending old folks CHRISTMAS CARDS. Call me old foggy but I like the ones with the entire family. I walked by the frig tonight and said to June, “I don’t even know this kid.” She said, “Yes you do, it is so an so.” I said, “Why don’t the parents put themselves in the picture?” She said, “Because that is they way they want to do it.” But I am thankful for all the young families that send us cards. I like the ones with multiple pics and holiday colors and the word Christmas but I’m not complaining. Thank you for the cards.
  • Today has been a question day for me: The government got half of my daughter’s Christmas bonus and she works hard for every dollar. How is that our government takes half of the tax payers Christmas bonus and yet give illegal immigrants, namely Muslims, food vouchers, Medicaid, and SS benefits when they have paid no taxes and do not give allegiance to the United States of American? Every Muslim is a potential terrorist. I am not profiling, I am telling the truth. “Is there one democrat with Integrity and is there one Republican with Courage?Does anyone, other than the CEO and first Vice President of Genesis Construction, care enough about this country to lean on our congressmen? I contacted all three for the last two weeks. Shelby has never responded [I am beginning to wonder if he is alive], Sessions the first time but not the second. I think Mo will respond to the second but he has not to this point. Please, for the sake of my grandkids, let our congressmen know how you feel about this insanity of relocating Muslim in the U.S. Third and final question: what happened to France after they showed compassion and allowed the immigration of thousand of Muslims?
  • By the way, for what it is worth: [1] Obama is anti-American. We have always had American haters but not in the White House. [2] Only a corrupt and morally degenerate political party would allow a man to run for President who was not born in the U.S. Obama isn’t the only trader: the democratic party is guilty of treason. [3] Our present state could not have happend if the majority of Americans were not selfish and indifferent. [4] Judgment is most likely right around the next corner and when it comes, there are going to be Christians, Jews and decent people regretting their neglect and indifference.
  • YES, I DO KNOW THAT READERS DON’T LIKE LONG BLOGS but the ten who read my blog will forgive me. I am just sick and tired of the imperial Obama and the impotent congress.
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Wake up Richard! Please wake up!