'On a wing
 and a

Wednesday Reflection

18th November 2020

'He will not grow tired'

28 Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
   The Lord is
   the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the
   ends of the earth.
   He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding
   no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength
   to the weary
   and increases the power
   of the weak.

....Isaiah 40:28-29 NIV

The saying,
'On a wing and a prayer.'
is believed to have originated
during World War ll.

In 1942 John Wayne starred
in a film titled,
'The Flying Tigers'.
At one point he is asked
a question concerning
the status of a plane
coming in to land
which had been hit
by the enemy.

He answered,
'She's coming in
on a wing and a prayer.'

Shortly after this film was shown,
the lyrics to a 1943 song
was titled,
'Coming in on
a wing and a prayer
and a film was released
entitled, 'Wing and Prayer'.

The phrase is slightly sarcastic,
meaning it's only by luck
that everything goes well.

As Christians,
we do not have to depend
on a slogan of chance.
As the enemy attacks us,
we can hold on to the truth.

Are we feeling challenged
by the pandemic
that has separated us
physically from our
family and friends?

Are we hit with aging bodies
of aches and pains
that debilitate us?
Are we battling with
minds, eyes, ears and reflexes
that grow less sharp?

Are we troubled by the riots,
terrorist attacks and unrest?
Are our energy tanks
running on empty?
On the runway to home
on fewer engines
than we had planned?

In faith,
we know that God
never tires.
Although it is a myth
that eagles carry their chicks
on their wings,
it is not myth that God
will lift us on his wings
to help us on our path
to the runway.

His arms are in the
precise place
to place us where he wants us.

We are asked these
questions from
verse 28 of Isaiah 40,
'Did you not know?
Have you not heard?'

As we struggle,
God says to us,
'Let me be your strength,
your guide,
your knowledge,
eyes and ears.'

As we stumble,
God picks us up;
as we grow weary and exhausted,
God gives us strength;
as our minds grow fuzzy,
Christ will be our clarity;
though our legs may not
be able to run,
Christ has already
won the race.

We can fight as we limp along
in our fading physical
and mental power,
or we can surrender to God's power.

Surrendering does not make us
losers because we are not giving
in to the enemy;
we are putting ourselves
in the hands of the one
who is already victorious.

We can understand and rest
in Paul's statement
to the people of Philippi

13 I can do all this through him
   who gives me strength.

..... (4:13)

We acknowledge that
our strength comes from God
when we change our prayers from,
'Ready or not, here we come
on a wing and a prayer.'
'Here we come, Lord.
We put our trust in you
knowing that all will be well.'