"Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings."
The first time I ever hear Bette Midler’s song “Wind Beneath My Wings” it took my breath away! I know she’s talking about a human loved one but it could just as easily be applied to our Lord. He should be our Hero! And He’s surely everything we wish we could be!
I wonder if men may have been fascinated with “wings” from the first time Adam ever saw a bird? People have even at times made lightweight foundations shaped like wings, strapped them on their back and stepped off the side of a mountain trying to fly like birds. Finally the airplane was invented and now it’s just an everyday thing for men to fly around through the air!
A few months ago while shopping in a Dollar Store I bought our little three-year-old granddaughter some bright pink “fairy wings” to play with. As soon as she saw them she fell in love with them! Her daddy wanted her to leave them at GranMamma’s house instead of taking them home so she did …..but with a very sad face.
Several days ago we had them up for a fish supper. After we had finished eating the adults were still sitting around the table talking but our granddaughter had gone to play with the toys we have for her. She came running back into the kitchen and came up to me with the most pitiful look on her sweet little face. When I asked her what was wrong she said, “GranMamma….I can’t find my wings! ! !” It sounded so funny but she was so serious about it that I made myself stifle a grin. I took her little hand and told her we would find her wings together! We did.
I helped her put them on and with a huge smile from ear she commenced to “fly” all over the house and even out into the yard! Her Daddy confided to me later that she had come to him several days earlier and said to him, “Daddy…I really want to fly…but my wings are at GranMamma’s house!”
(With her wings on! Sorry I can not show you her beautiful face! Neither her parents nor I am comfortable with the kids pictures being online. But take my word....she's a beauty!)
I don’t know why but that made me start thinking about God’s wings. Sometimes we may be in the shadow of God’s wings: “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Psalm 57: 1 Sometimes we are tucked up under His wings: “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Psalm 91: 4 Sometimes there is healing in His wings: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings…” Malachi 4: 2
And He promises that He will be the wind beneath our wings: “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40: 31)
Thank You Lord, for being the wind beneath my wings!