If I were to give wings to a dog, would he then fly through the sky, and make his nest in the heavens? Would he then eat as a bird, and conduct his manner of life as a bird? Nay, but wings for the fowls of the air, and My grace to the humble in mind. A nest for the birds, and My peace to the spiritual man that seeks Me with all his heart.
Behold, you walk the path of My will as a plain path, where no trouble awaits you. You tread an easy path, one that you have seemingly known your whole life. To the right hand, and to the left, are grassy plains, and if you wander from My will, the comfortable grass awaits you. You travel on for days, months, even years in this grass, carefully striding alongside the path, and it means little difference to you—for the comfort of the grass seems no different from that which you perceive to be My will.
When will you see My true path, and My true will for your life? For, I am calling you to higher ground.1 Why do you walk so earthily along the ground level?
Behold! I uncover before your eyes a mountain: a twisting, turning, steep, and jagged mountain: and My divine path runs directly into and up this mountain.
Along this winding path, the dangers are great, yet the rewards are even greater. The joy of this path beckons you. In your heart, you know you ought to walk hereon: for the goodness at the summit is so eternally precious, you would give up all things in this present life to obtain it.
On the right side, and on the left side of this mountainous path, are gorges and thickets full of snares and thorns. Still higher on this path, there are steep cliffs, and jagged rocks, bringing certain destruction to those who would fall. It is an impossible path.
How will you dare set one foot off of your grassy plain and begin this ascent? How will you walk this path, seeing that you are of the earth? Beloved, are you not as a dog? And shall I now give you wings? You love the familiarity of the ground level: you love your grassy places. This is total comfort to you, but not My comfort. It is peace and safety to you, but not My peace, nor My safety.2 Will you now ascend My path with such canine wings? I tell you, you will not. You are altogether too carnal.
I have called you to dizzying new heights, and how will a dog fly to them? You are scared of My will, and terrified of My Spirit.
Beloved, let not this thing be so! You are called to the air. You are called to be spiritual.3 You are called into My bosom.
In your present state, if I were to call you to My heavenly mountaintop, would you not utterly fall on its path? I show you mercy and patience, but truly, I am full of sighing: for My true desire is for you to traverse this path in the power of My Spirit.4 I long for you to come to Me, to rest in Me, to be empowered by Me, and to glorify Me. If you would but humble yourself, if you would but seek Me with all your heart, you would find Me, and I would uphold you on your journey.
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” —Isaiah 40:29–31
You are earthly, and I call you to be spiritual.5 You use and delight in only your senses: you are sensual, and carnal. You are as a dog, living on ground level, and all the while I am calling you to the eagle’s sky.
On the highest mountainside, or in the uppermost branch of a great tree, does the eagle fear falling? Truly, can he fall? But what of a dog? Even a winged dog would fear exceedingly: heights are simply not in his nature, for he is a beast of the ground.6
How can I raise you to My calling when you are afraid of the very one who will send you? Can you hear My soft and gentle voice?7 Could you stand to hear Me speak to you of something new and wonderful? Would you not doubt My voice, and seek many signs? And unto whom is sign language spoken? Even unto the deaf.8 How can I send you by My Holy Spirit when you are afraid of My very workings?
Beloved, your old carnal life of sin weighs you down: it covers you and makes you dogged. Have I not called you to lose your life for My sake?9
My grace and power are as wings, delivering from many pitfalls, and enabling you to reach My impossible heights. I will not give wings to dogs, for this is not at all befitting for them—surely they would spend them on vain and earthly pursuits.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” —Isaiah 55:8–9
Behold, I say, put off this old dog, and be transformed by the laying down of your entire life. Why is your head in the clouds while your heart remains on the ground? Come, lay down your life, and the power of the Spirit of My resurrection will make you as an eagle.
Truly, the path you must now travel: it is not for dogs. The heights to ascend, the snares to resist, the crags to navigate: it is for My Spirit only. For, what will you do when you meet a fierce lion? Will not My Spirit deliver on swift wings? And what of the venomous serpent, as he waits for his prey? Will not My Spirit cut off and sever such from above with His sharp beak, as with the sword of the Spirit?
Have I not called you to higher ground? Is not your life meant for more than walking on ground level? Come to Me. Search and seek Me with all your heart, and forsake your old ways. I have a beautiful tapestry to weave of your life as it unfolds, yet how will you see it from where you now stand? Come up to Me, My beloved: fly with My wings, and see with My eyes; behold the awe and majesty that I Myself will interweave into your life.
- Colossians 3:1-3
- Isaiah 30:1-3
- Galatians 5:16
- Hebrews 12:1-2
- John 18:36
- 1 Corinthians 2:14
- 1 Kings 19:11-13
- John 4:48
- Mark 8:34-37