”’You’re wrong lady, with sufficient thrust and a clear trajectory .. pigs fly just fine.”‘
Somebody said that on Twitter recently and it just made me laugh! There is truth there, pigs fly just fine with sufficient thrust. Also, in 1909, one of the first pigs flew in an airplane. So pigs do fly!
”When pigs fly” is is an adynaton, hyberbole so far fetched that it describes an impossibility. It’s used to express doubt, disbelief, cynicism.
It’s also a pretty good description of most of my faith life. The Lord sounds just like that when talking to me, perhaps a bit more sophisticated, a bit less snarky, but basically the same message, You’re wrong lady, together you and I SHALL make some pigs fly.
I always believe Him too, in my head, but not so much in my heart. There is wounding in my heart or there once was, and so those scars sometimes interrupt my ability to trust. I tend to just shut my heart down to the possibility of victory and success, as a way to protect my heart from potential disappointment and despair.
The God who can make pigs fly is also a fabulous multi tasker. He is quite good at saving the world, rescuing the lost, and healing the scars in my heart all at the same time.
Somebody smart once said that the opposite of faith is not doubt, it’s certainty. It takes no faith at all to do what you know, what you can envision, what have some blessed assurance about. It’s a whole other ball game to put your faith in what you have never seen, what you have no point of reference for, in what you cannot even imagine.
Jesus says, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”