“…I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19.4b
There they are, the people of God, camped “in front of the mountain.” We imagine the social and emotional exhaustion of a people who have been journeying in the wilderness. We imagine the disconnection and isolation of being thrust into a new and unknown situation.
God promises, as God always does, that there is purpose and meaning in all of this. I have done this. I delivered you out of Egypt. “I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”
This relational deliverance doesn’t come in a vacuum. For years, the people of God have been building deeper and deeper relational layers with the Divine. They have been discovering their unique gifts within the larger creation framework of God’s life. They have been uncovering what it means to be God’s people and for God to be with them.
Being lifted on eagles’ wings may be a type of deliverance, but it’s not necessarily fun or without danger. We look down and, all of a sudden, realize how far away the ground is. We look up, and realize how far we still have to travel. Yet, the warmth of those wings, and the power that they possess, means that we can trust in them, even if we are scared.
May God bear the world upon God’s wings in this time of unrest and uncertainty.