“I said, ‘Oh that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and the storm.’” (Psalm 55:6-8)
Do you ever find yourself in those times that you wish you could just fly away from it all? Just take off and soar through the air as a dove or an eagle, gliding on the waves of breeze, allowing them to lift you higher and higher? Ever want to be above it all, above the noise, commotion, and turmoil of life?
So often when I am in the midst of a difficult flare up of pain and illness–or just the everyday confusion of life–I find myself wishing exactly that. Watching the birds outside as they glide along, wondering, where do you flee when there is a storm? Where do you seek shelter when the gentle breezes become thrashing gusts of wind, rain and more?
They are not like us–they do not worry. They already have their safe place prepared and do not hesitate to go to their fortress in the storm. What about you and me? Do we allow worry and fear to become the overriding factor in this storm, wondering if God can see what we are enduring? Where are we to go? Are we to try to escape from it all or are we to allow our heavenly Father to be our “place of shelter”?
The thing is, in my experience of living through many hurricanes and storms as a native of Florida, a shelter is not somewhere away from the place the storm is at–it is usually within it. It is there protecting you from the elements that are raging all around you. Just as God Himself is there, protecting us, even though He does not necessarily lift us up and away from the turmoil, pain and illness, or whatever the turbulence is. He does cover us with His blood of protection, healing, and peace, showing us He loves us and will be there with us through each and every minute.
He is our place of shelter, the port in the storm, our oasis of hope. So as we look up and see the beauty of the doves and other birds as they glide upon the breezes, let us take and use that as a reminder and rejoice in the breath of His love gently blowing upon us. Amen
Prayer: Father, I pray that each day we would seek Your face, and know that You are there to be our shelter in the storms of life. In You and You alone we can find rest. Let us always seek Your truth and choose to trust You and not allow worry and fear to overcome our thoughts and allow the enemy to confuse the truth we know and believe. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Florida. She has three grown children, and a wonderful husband who offers much support. She enjoys leading a women’s bible study group as well as a chronic pain and illness support group. She enjoys art and writing as well. She is a colon cancer survivor, but deals with chronic digestive illness and pain. But her greatest joy is encouraging and sharing with others that entire God has done in her life and continues to do.
When you want to just fly away and escape it all, what do you do to renew?
Some day we will fly away and oh, what a grand day that will be! This version of “Ill Fly Away” by Alan Jackson is one of my favorites. I hope it blesses you and reminds you of the heaven we have to look forward to! -Lisa