Each loss has it compensation,
There is healing for every pain;
But the bird with a broken pinion,
Never soars as high again.
(From A Broken Pinion by Hezekiah Butterworth)
I’m no orthinologist, and what Butterworth wrote about birds with broken pinions may be true. Perhaps our feathery friends who have previously broken a wing are indeed never able to fly as high as they once did. But the poem’s implication that men who have broken a wing due to sin never soaring again simply is not true – sorry Mr. Butterworth!
Scripture is full of broken-winged sinners whom God redeemed from the pits and caused to soar for His glory! Take your pick – there’s Moses the murderer, whom God chose to lead Israel out of Egypt. There’s David the adulterer and murder, whom God hand-selected to be the greatest King of Israel. There’s Rahab the hooker, who hide God’s spies in Jericho and would later be remembered as a woman of great faith (Hebrews 11:31). Not only that, but Rahab is included in the lineage of Jesus Himself – can anyone soar higher than that?
On and on we could go, but you get the point. Broken pinions due to sin might cause us to fall from the sky for a season. But God’s forgiveness is intended to heal, and heal completely. Others may tell us we’re washed up. Men may try to convince us that God is through with us – but don’t you believe it, because God says otherwise! And isn’t His the only opinion that should matter?
Broken a wing with sin? Allow God’s forgiveness to bring healing – then get ready to soar for Him again! –Dave
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. (Hebrews 11:31)
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