Pinions. Do you know what they are? Psalm 91:4 says God will “cover you with His pinions.” If you didn’t know, pinions are the feathers at the end of a bird’s wings. They are the large feathers that are so instrumental in a bird’s ability to fly. Many bird owners will clip these pinions to keep a bird from flying away. Oh, the birds can still fly short distances, like from their perch to the back of a couch, but without these pinions, they do not have the endurance for long flights. As I thought about these pinions, God began to lay on my heart how the sin in our life has clipped our pinions, our ability to do what God has made for us to do. Yes, we may be able to do “some” good things, but we cannot do the “great” things God intended for us.
Photo by Alex Macaroon
On a fishing trip in Florida, we once encountered a pair of eagles. Have you ever seen an eagle in flight? It is magnificent! Using their massive pinions and tail feathers as rudders, they manipulate the wind current to guide their direction. The heights they can reach in a short amount of time, with the use of their long and powerful wings are impressive. Those who are watching stand in awe. Well, that’s great for the eagle, but what does that have to do with us? Get this, this is where it gets amazing. We have a God whose power is so great that even though sin has clipped our wings, He can restore them; He can give them the strength to endure. Isaiah 40:31 says “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” God uses the image of His creation of the eagle to encourage us to put our hope in Him, so He can build us up in His power to enable us to soar magnificently in the purpose He has for us.
When is the last time you felt like you were truly soaring? If it has been a while, stop to consider what sin may have clipped your pinions, your wings. Then ask God to forgive you of the sin and to restore your wings through His power. Ask Him to help you soar. Imagine the heights He will take you to when you do!
Photo by Kyle Johnson