Carried On Eagles’ Wings [Republished]

Republishing this today to bless you – whom God intends to and has chosen to bless.

Welcome to Day 6 of Chapter 5 from Arise & Shine’s Part 7. Today, Bettie is bringing forward our sixth free will offering of the Stone Tablets: Revealing the Covenant and Testimony of Jesus (the Word fulfilled).

Carried On Eagle's Wings

They lay broken on the road
And the people passed them by
Their wounds were too great to heal
And their plight too great to restore

When out of the sky rose an eagle
And bore them on wings to the desert
Fearsome and scorching the sands
Were the places their feet then walked.

But the heat cauterized wounds
And long festering sores were healed
As the voice of their rescuer
Thundered from the mountain

Stop! The sound pushed at them
And set their teeth on edge.
You listen for us, Moses,
The people of the rescue turned away.

Their Rescuer desired Fellowship
But they could only see Laws
Written on Stone Carved deep
With harsh judging meted out.

. . . . . .

Centuries passed and OUR wounds
Would not stay healed
Gaping and oozing we stumbled
Groping to obey Laws heavy-yoked.

When out of the purity ONE came
Who fulfilled every law
ONE who reigned down mercy
With every step He took.

The whip fell on Him sharp and long
The Cross took His shape
And Judgment fell upon limbs
While blood and water poured forth.

And we called Him stricken by God
Again we turned our face away
From pain too deep
Underneath we saw ourselves.

He carried our debt
He carried our pain
He carried our judging

But in the dying He rose
Carried on eagles' wings
He became the rescuer
And the ONE to restore the desiring.

As we looked unto the Living One
Our hearts were carved upon
The hardness gave way
To tender flesh of Love.

Tablets of Rock-hard-stone
Became hearts for writing
By the Rescuer Himself
Signature inscribed deep within.

What a Fellowship is this?
As we bow here now
To our Savior - the Living Law -
He writes His Word upon our hearts.

Deuteronomy 9:10 “The Lord gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. On them were all the utterances the Lord proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.”

Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”

Hebrews 8:10 “This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my Word in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Exodus 19:3-5 [additional possible meanings inserted from Bible lexicon]
3Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, “This is what you are to tell the house of Jacob and explain to the sons of Israel: 4‘You have seen for yourselves what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now if you will heed [listen to / follow] My voice and celebrate [protect / wait for / observe / be a doorkeeper of / be a watchman for] My covenant, you will become My treasured possession out of all the nations — for the whole earth is Mine.

Come, All Who Are Weary and Heavy Laden

For all who know the horrors of spiritual (or other) abuse and its impact on your body. May these words by Kendra Fletcher and the poem on trust God gave me to encourage me, remind you also that you are SO seen, SO heard, SO known and SO loved. These are words He also keeps returning to me too on those days I struggle to trust, to remind me just how far I have come, how deep His compassion for me is and how proud He is of me.

We grip, we grasp, we squeeze, we hold on as tightly as we can to the familiar.   We grip even when we know we need to leave a tough or toxic situation. We grasp at what is known to us, even if it’s been abusive to us. We squeeze, hoping that by doing so, the circumstances might change in our favor. We hold on as tightly as we can, because the known is often less scary than the unknown, even if the unknown will mean we can walk out unshackled and live free. […] From our fear and anxiety about leaving the known for the unknown to mourning the loss of all we missed while deeply entrenched in our legalistic communities, unfurling our grip can be the most excruciatingly difficult thing any of us has had to face, ever. And while we’re painstakingly extricating ourselves from the bondage and abuse that kept us there, we can feel very much alone in our journey.

Kendra Fletcher, Leaving Legalism: Learning to Love God, Others and Yourself Again
TRUST

You tell me
Trust is a muscle
You tell me
Growing
Is feeling
And stretching
The heart
Of flesh
You have
Given.

You tell me
This contracting
Is Your labor
Trust in me
Sowing
Bringing the peace
Of Your pacing
Your holy awakening
In my inhale
And exhale.

You remind me
It's in the releasing
In the yielding
To Your will
I can experience the fruit
And taste
The ravenous joy
Of living secure
Overshadowed
By mercy.

You remind me
You're not withholding
The good
But only awakening
The best
An abundance
Of longing and hunger
You've planted deep
To know
Love everlasting.

You remind me
To not cower in shame
But in boldness
To move
To believe
My each and every
Change of mind
Departing the old
For the new
Is beautiful to You.

For, it's You
Who's moved my feet
Out of the mire
And onto the Rock
To shake off the dust
And behold
Your face
For You've
Ripped the veil
At the Cross
Your face in mine
Now ever revealing.

Yes, I will willingly
Bow my knees, strengthened
In Your repeated humbling
To drink the cup
Eagerly awaiting
Your sovereign completion
For, in the breaking
Of the bread
And this cup of life
I now recognize You
My Portion and Deliverer
The Resurrection and the Life.

Psalm 71:8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Romans 8:14-19 (ESV) 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

May God continually remind us all that we can keep coming to Him in our weariness and in the moments we feel so heavy laden. May God continue to encourage us not to press away our doubts and fears and unbelief but to come to Jesus, that He may lead us home into the arms of our Heavenly Papa, as He (Christ) unfurls His trust of the Father in us, piece by piece by piece, as He daily and moment by moment leads us to return and rest in Him. And may this Scripture put to song bless our hearts in Christ Jesus today: