I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly far away and be at peace.
~Psalm 55:6, CEV
Some people live in a dream world while other face reality and a rare few learn to turn one into the other.
Escapism is the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant circumstances or realities. We may achieve this relief through entertainment, recreation, hard work, drugs or fantasy. Usually, when a person get addicted to drugs, it is an effort to escape an unpleasant reality. In David’s case, his life was threatened by a friend who betrayed him and David came so close to death that he was terrified. In that moment of fear and anxiety, David prayed, “I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly away and be at peace.”
Hey, there is nothing wrong with David’s desire for peace and security. Only a fool would pray to be on someone’s hit list. A powerful person had a contract on David’s life and David was feeling the heat of Saul’s anger. David longed to be like a Dove which takes flight when danger is perceived. Their wings give than a distinct advantage over their predators and over we humans; they simply fly up and away. In seconds a dove can escape danger by taking flight. They can fly above the fray and they leave no tracts for those who would hunt them. Have you ever saw a dove in a storm? Birds don’t do storms; instinctively they fly away from or above the storms. They are the ultimate escape artist.
So, David is wishing he could be like a bird and escape his problems by getting away from the storm and the turmoil. BUT we are not birds and God is not pleased when we run from our problems. Little children use fantasy as an escape valve and that is a God given survival instinct but a part of growing up is learning to face reality whether it is pleasant or not. By the way, there is one bird that doesn’t fly away to escape reality, it buries its head in the sand. Its the Ostrich and it is a stupid bird. [Job 39:13-18]
Man you have to love this weather. Several times this new year I have used heat in the morning and A/C in the evening. Today is perfect, I don’t need either.
Keep praying and do not give up. Thank you for reading the blog. Have a good day and a great week.