Monday, August 22, 2011

Under His Wings

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. ~ Psalm 91:4 NIV
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! ~ Luke 13:34 NIV
Behind my house is a large sycamore tree which currently is home to a nest of baby owls.  All night long they screech, noisily telling their mother they want to be fed.  All night long, she flies through the fields tirelessly hunting, flying back to her nest with food for hungry mouths.  I am amazed at her patience.  It is in her nature to nurture and protect her little ones.  
Our heavenly Father wants to nurture and protect us.   He calls us to find shelter under His wings.
Jesus used similar imagery when He talked about how He longed to protect Jerusalem, but they were not willing. 

A mother hen, when she sees a hawk flying overhead, spreads her wings and start clucking.  Her little chicks scurry to safety under her wings.  Then she draws her wings in, covering her little chicks.  She is telling the hawk that to get to her little chicks, it would have to come through her first.  She is willing to lay down her life for her chicks.
Jesus laid down His life for usHe longs to gather us under the shelter of his wings.  He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, but He doesn't force His way in.  It is up to us to respond to His call.  He loves us so much, and He wants to shelter us, but, like Jerusalem, we must be willing.
Psalm 91:4 gives two beautiful images of protection.  The first is of the nurturing love of a mother bird.  The second image is one of strength.  God is our shield and bulwark.  God's love and protection is both nurturing and mighty.  We can place our complete trust in Him.  He calls us to be sheltered under His wings, and He will shield us.  No matter what storms we face in life, we will find complete safety there.
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    a Grateful Heart gives thanks:
321. I am sheltered under His wings
322. His faithfulness is my shield and rampart
323. the beautiful imagery in the Bible
324. the family of owls in the sycamore tree behind my house
325. walking on the beach with my daughter
326. watching the sky lighten every morning
327. talking on the phone with family far away
328. cell phones
329. cell phone lots at airports
330. those who look out for our safety in so many ways
331. a grandchild's  invitation to play
332. my grandchildren learning about Jesus
333. Veggie Tales
334. other inspirational movies for children
335. inspirational books for children
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26 comments:

  1. I love the picture of hen mother gathering the chicken under her wings. The pictures Jesus used are so common and so perfectly illustrating his points, that they can be understood all over the world even in the time of the cell phone, the PC and the TV.
    Wonderful pictures of eternal love and protection.
    I can never have them repeated often enough.
    To night, when my only child is off on a 12 hour road trip in the darkness, your words were more than welcome reminders. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Your post today is a beautiful analogy....I have always loved the way animals protect their young at any cost.....just like God has done for us
    by giving up His only Son.....We are so blessed....

    I love the sides and header of your blog; beautiful....

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  3. I'm picturing behind your house, seeing the owls, hearing the birds. Your post reminds me of two scenes I wrote in my manuscript, bird feeding and chickens under their mother's wings. Thanks.

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  4. I must be willing to seek the shelter. I must trust. Thank you for these thoughts today -- they have so hit my heart.

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  5. Oh, how I love the image this post brings to mind. How I needed this. Thank you!

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  6. What beautiful thoughts on HIM being our shelter! Thank you for sharing. I am also thankful for cell phones!

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  7. How interesting. I just read that verse to someone yesterday! It's one of my favorites. I love that image. If you Google "Noah and the bunnies" you will find a lovely story about a pigeon who took these baby bunnies under his wing. You'll love it.

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  8. Every time I come by, I want to ask you where the beautiful Lavender fields are (are they lavender?) They are stunning! If they are yours, well, then, you are living in the garden of Eden!

    I wish that I had understood the concept of God protecting us, gathering us in as a bird's wings to her children - I wish I had understood that concept as a child and as a young woman. I wish I understood earlier how much God loves me, is there for me, protects me. I am so glad I do now - and I am blessed to be reminded, for my faith to be reaffirmed when I read posts like yours. It is soul food that keeps me strong!

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  9. Patti, I have so missed you, dear one. I love this. And the photos are so touching. This so reminds me of a story I heard someone tell. I have to tell you.

    It happened years ago when a massive fire overwhelmed the Grand Teton National Park. Afterwards, as several men walked through the ashes, one man saw a charred bird and gently moved it with his foot, only to find, beneath the mother, three living baby birds, all of which immediately hopped off. The mother had protected her precious ones under her wings, bringing them deliverance from the fire, for she gave up her life that they might live to take flight.

    Oh, how I love that! Hope all is well with you. Blessings to you!

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  10. Love this awesome picture of God as our provider, protector . . . our everything. You are a beautiful writer.

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  11. Beautiful words and great analogy. Thank you for this moment of "calm." I so needed it this morning :) Be blessed,
    Debbie

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  12. What beautiful photos...and verses from scripture. It is comforting for me to think of being snuggled in tightly under God's wings as He shelters me fromm the storm that rages. God bless.

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  13. Loved those pictures with those verses! I read Psalm 91 often, one of my favorites!

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  14. Patti, this is another post that confirms what God has been speaking to me these past weeks. Just the other day, I received an email with a picture of her baby birds cuddled under her wings. I thought that it would make an excellent blog entry one of these days... and here I am reading your very words on the exact theme I have been meditating on.

    And the verses from Psalm 91, as well as Jesus weeping over Jerusalem - well, they are among my favorites, too.

    This post is definitely for me!

    I love what you said about God's nurturing, tender love, and His power and strength on the other hand. Only in Him are these two sides of love carefully balanced!

    Have a wonderful weekend ahead of you...

    Much love
    Lidj

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  15. I love this picture...the swan with her babes.....a mom protecting her children....and your post...like always so encouraging. Have a great weekend Patti....

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  16. That's a great image and comparison! Lovely post, Patti!

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  17. I'm not sure I've ever seen a baby owl. Such an inspiriational post -- "Under His wings I am safely abiding..." I can't remember the rest of the words but those few I know will be singing in my heart this evening.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  18. Patti, the pictures you chose were perfect – that one of the swan – amazing. Such a good reminder that I believe in God – and if I believe in God, like those chicks and baby swans I'm sheltered under his wings, and he spreads them wide and pulls me in – and from your thank you list I think I'll go with the evening sky giving way to dawn as my favorite. I write all my posts in the hours before dawn – and see just about every sunrise. Patty thank you for this – and God bless and keep you.

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  19. I love these illustrations! The Lord offers us His protection, we only need to stay close and He will cover us with His wing!
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  20. I love the imagery created in my mind from this post - I so often need to be reminded and comforted by His promises of love and protection. Thank you, again!! ~ Alice

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  21. So comforting to know that the Lord shelters us and protects us from the enemy. Sometimes I just need to picture myself under His wing.

    Blessings,
    Janis

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  22. How interesting. It reminds me of the little quail family that lives in our neighborhood. I see them out walking around often. The Daddy bird usually tags along behind and stops to look in all directions. Sometimes he flies up onto the fence where he can have a "birds eye view" to make sure there is no danger for his family. I didn't know this about quail. I've just observed it to be true. It's interesting about the owls. I've never been around owls before.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  23. I love the picture of the mama hen. I need to run under a wing! Thanks for telling me where to run!

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  24. When we bought our house, birds had built a nest in the chimney and were raising their family there. We have not had the heart to ask them to leave, so we have not had the opportunity to use our fireplace. Maybe one day...in the interim, it's for the birds (literally).

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  25. I just LOVE owls! And God, of course. His creation stirs up so much wonder in me. I just love everything He does!

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  26. Beautiful encouraging Post ! He is a wonderful God! Praise Him!

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