Have you ever been tired before? Not just physically tired but just tired of fighting the good fight. Tired of trying to keep it all together, tired of trying to figure out who your real friends are. Tired of trying to lead people that don’t want to be led. This is what it sounds like when doves fly.
Well at least that’s what it sounded like to David. His son had betrayed him. One of the citizens cussed him out on his way out of the city. His general defied his requests to bring Absalom home alive and murdered him. His hometown of Judah didn’t want him back. David was tired!
David said, “If this were a stranger who did this I could deal with it but it was you my companion whom I had close fellowship with.” Nothing drains you like people close to you turning on you or turning away. Someone said the other day that there is nothing more dangerous than somebody that pretends to be a friend.
David said, “Oh that I had wings of a dove I’d fly away to the desert and be at rest!”
When you’ve been hurt a lot, there’s a danger that your coping mechanism can become isolation. Prince who wrote the hit song, “…when doves cry,” cried for two hours in a phone booth as a teenager because his father kicked him out of the house and wouldn’t let him come home. Prince said that was the last time he cried. He could become a very private person who would build community with bands but often disband because he said, “The only person I can really count on is me.”
That coping mechanism can lead to a very lonely existence. David said, “If I had the wings of a dove I would…
- Fly away. There are times when you should pull away. We are all human and betrayal or abandonment hurts our soul. You should pull away to reflect on what you lost. Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray not to stay. We to go away to get strength to come back to fight.
- Fly away to the desert. There has to a place removed from the busyness of life to where you can hear God clearly. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the Wilderness where he fasted and prayed. Our destination from fatigue should refuel us for our purpose.
- Fly away in the desert and be at rest. When the prophet Elijah was tired from the fight in ministry he ran out into the wilderness and told God, “it’s enough…take my life!” God allowed him to sleep it off and then he told him to get up and eat for the journey was long. He sent Elijah back with the comfort of knowing he wasn’t the only prophet left and God told him to throw his mantle on a young apprentice named Elisha. You can’t quit because God wants you to rest and then transfer your anointing on the next generation.
It’s interesting that before Prince died he had reached out to Chris Brown to mentor him. He said, “There’s forgiveness available for Chris. He just needs some guidance.” I’m not sure if Chris ever accepted Prince’s invitation but it’s not too late for you to accept the Prince of Peace’s invitation. Jesus said, “Come unto me all of you that have been working and carry a lot of burdens, and are tired. Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burdens are light.
There have been times when I was weary, wounded, and sad but in you I have found a resting place and you have made me glad. There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus, no not one! God I’m glad that you’ve helped me to put it all in perspective and I will not quit in a place where I just need rest. I’m trading my dove wings for eagle wings because I’m reminded in your word that those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not get weary. They will walk and not faint.
In Jesus Name,