Under His Wings


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Can you make out the details of the gathering around the bird feeder? Mama wild turkey and her four hens scratch the ground and devour the fallen seeds that the doves so thoughtfully knock out of the feeder. Oblivious of Dave’s presence  on the porch and the occasional camera shutter’s click, these turkeys feed uninterrupted. How many inconsequential things disturb my day? distract me from a task at hand? cause me to fear?

 Yet, consider that these chicks wander around and venture out on their own. Psalm 91:4 uses images that make analogies to birds and to humans. “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;  his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”

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The Message paraphrases Psalm 91:4 this way: “His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.”

When this grandma holds her youngest grandchild, the serenity on that sleeping face of his brings nothing but joy. Covering him under my wings now involves singing lullabies, rocking, giggling, tickling, and swinging him. How soon that will change!

In the wink of an eye, a year has passed; Tyler turns one soon, so grandma, seeking the wisdom of Proverbs, finds a greater challenge.

Proverbs 1:5 declares, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”

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 Grandma prays on a daily basis for this smiley redhead to become a teachable student of the Bible. She prays for him to possess discernment as he grows, to see the difference between worldly and biblical wisdom. Only the Lord can protect this little guy from harm, but this grandmas, actually all grandmas, can pray, seeking God’s blessing and care for this gift He has loaned to his parents and grandparents.

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