Under His Wings
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UNDER HIS WINGS
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his
wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield
Colorado winter weather is diverse. Often a dozen inches of
new snow is quickly replaced with bright, almost summer-like,
sunshine. Many birds, therefore, winter in Colorado rather than
flying the long trip south. Such was the case of a mother duck.
A friend of mine, and many other employees at the Denver Federal
Center, took a liking to her and fed her often. She strutted
around the buildings; nearly fearless of people. Commandeering a
large concrete flower planter, she constructed a nest and
prepared for winter.
One day my friend exited the building and carefully picked
his way through the newly fallen snow to the parking lot.
Suddenly he saw Mrs. duck. She had recently given birth to
several chicks in her planter nest and she now could be clearly
seen protecting her young. The only part seen, however, was her
head and neck; the rest was buried beneath several inches of
snow. Her chicks, on the other hand, were safely and warmly
tucked away under their mother's protective wings.
I recently remembered this story when I considered the
wonderful verse in the Psalms telling us how we are protected
under His wings. Those unfamiliar with animal instincts will not
appreciate how protective our Heavenly Father is of His own
children. The Psalmist, however, apparently had such insight and
offered this example for our benefit.
During difficult, and sometimes impossible situations, we
will wrestle with the inability to sense our Saviour's closeness
and love. Even the Scriptures will sometimes seem incapable of
comforting our wounded hearts. Perhaps such a time would prove
beneficial if we were to notice how God takes care of his animal
kingdom and realize that we in fact are of more value.
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither
do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly
Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto
his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they
toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto
you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed
like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the
grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is
cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you,
O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed? after all these
things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father
knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
Additionally he reminded us of our value to Him when He
taught on the sparrows.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of
them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear
ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many
It is estimated there are more than six hundred billion
birds on the earth classified in eighty-six hundred categories.
Jesus said we are of more value than all of these. Remove all
the birds of the earth and discover how quickly the environment
would suffer globally. Now imagine the absence of man from God's
creation. Paul said man is the "image and glory of God" (I Cor.
11:7). In short, man is the zenith of God's created universe.
We have been placed here for a purpose and each of us, as a
unique creation of God, fit into His plan. We are His glory,
created in His image, and we need to reflect His Nature. The
only way of accomplishing this, of course, is making His Son Lord
of our life. As we remain aware of our place in His love, we too
can weather the storms of impossible circumstances nestled under
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