Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"Winging It"

When wings are used in ministry presentations, the representation is usually of an angelic nature. The Bible describes cherubs and seraphim as winged, but it does not end there. Many times in scripture, angels are depicted in "wingless" ways. Angels appeared in fire (Exodus 3:2), with drawn swords (1 Chronicles 21:16) , in dreams (Matthew 1:20), or dressed in white (John 20:12). How is it that we may entertain angels unaware if they are always winged and wearing halos?

There are other creative ways to use wings in worship that are not directly related to angels. Other Scriptural symbolism includes wings of doves, eagles, birds, and even the Lord's wings. At times, the wind is described as having wings. As long as we draw our creativity from the Word of God, then we will be accurate in our display.

Wings used in dance pieces do not always have to be literal. Let the Holy Spirit lead with what types of fabrics, supports, and props will convey a Spiritual message. Beyond the wings, the songs used must also be supported by the Word. Let us make sure not to fly off in the wrong direction.

Psalm 68:13 (NKJV)
Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.”

Psalm 91:4 (NKJV)
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Ezekiel 17:3 (NKJV)
And say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:“ A great eagle with large wings and long pinions, Full of feathers of various colors, Came to Lebanon and took from the cedar the highest branch.

Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Malachi 4:2 (NKJV)
But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

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