Broken Wings Can’t Fly

By BRO. TERRY IVY,

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) There are probably few things that grab our hearts as strong as a hurting animal. We see a dog hopping along on three legs, a deer that has been hit by a car, or an animal caught in a trap, and our hearts weep with a deep sense of sorrow and empathy. 

Then, on the other hand, we see a person hurting, and it becomes the news of the day or the ‘bless their heart’ story of the month, while the hurting person is left without much care or concern. Too bad society doesn’t view humans as valuable as animals. 

Then Jesus comes along and the message of the Gospel re-focuses upon the worth of mankind. We are created in the image of God and have a unique place among the animal kingdom. Mankind not only bears the imprint of ‘personhood’ upon his faculties, but he has an awareness of eternity deposited in his heart. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) We innately know there is more than just what we see with our eyes or touch with our hands. We live in the shadowlands of God’s majestic Kingdom—seeing only the reflection of things that await us in eternity!

I remember, as a little boy, seeing a small bird that had a broken wing. It could not lift itself in flight and get to safety. It was at the mercy of whatever came across its path of vulnerability. We humans are like that—many times standing alone as the world chooses to either reach out and help or condemn and destroy. 

As followers of Christ, we are commanded to step in the wilderness of sin and help rescue our fellow man from the destruction and pain of rebellion. The alluring power of sin never shows us the end result and pain caused by choosing it. And, in time, we become that little bird with the broken wing. Unable to lift off to safety and at the mercy of a merciless society. 

Do you have a friend who is hurting, trapped by sin, or broken by bad choices? By looking in their eyes, we can usually see the cry for help. Run to them and place them upon your shoulders and use your ‘wings’ to help them recover. Lift them up in prayer and encouragement while they are crying out for God’s healing and grace. Be the gentle hand of restoration instead of the godless and harsh hand of destruction. Today, it is them… tomorrow it could be us!

When you see someone lower than low, broken beyond measure, hurting beyond pain, or crying with dry tears, ask the Lord how to help bear their burden. Christianity gives us the ability to be better humans. Through God’s grace to us, we extend it to others. We take up those who are hurting and help carry them until they can walk (or fly) on their own again. Because through our own experience, we realize that… Broken Wing’s Can’t Fly!