As we rounded the corner, we noticed that there was a bird ahead of us, standing in the middle of the road, a short distance off, but right in our path.
My friend was driving and he expected the bird to move, but as we got closer it continued to stand there happily in the middle of the road, unaware of the approaching danger- completely oblivious.
We were getting pretty close now, so my friend slowed the car a little, and finally the bird noticed us, but here’s the crazy part…
It tried to run away!
For quite a few seconds we rode along behind the bird, which was increasingly panicking, running as fast as its legs would carry it. We wondered how long it would be before it realised. Then, at last, it was as if it remembered it had something greater than the speed of its running.
It had wings!
As the bird finally soared off safely into the sky, my friend remarked, “Why do things with feet and wings try to use the feet first?”
Good question! But I have to be honest- sometimes I can be just as stupid as that bird. Maybe you can relate too.
A difficult circumstance arises and I try to work my way out of it. I worry, I plan, I think, I question. In my panic, I work frantically, trying to sort everything out, trying to make it right, all the time forgetting that I have a greater power.
I have God’s power- “the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.” (Ephesians 3:19-20 NLT)
I have the Holy Spirit- a Spirit of “power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
I have a God who promises “power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” (Isaiah 40:29 NLT)
“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NLT)
Why use your feet when you have wings?
We were not made to battle on in our own strength, desperately running and never quite making it.
We were made to fly!