Under His Wing

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He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings.  His faithfulness will be a protective shield.  (Psa 91:4, HCSB)

I read a saying about a year ago and loved it so much, I’ve made it my own.

“Being in God’s will is the safest place to be.”

It’s a simple saying heavy with truth.  No matter the scenario in which we find ourselves, God has a will for us right there in the midst of that moment.  And if we seek Him, and cling to Him, He will cover us with His feathers.  Like a shield, He will protect us .  What a promise!  Being with our mighty, yet compassionately tender Father, will bring us a depth of refuge and protection that we possibly can’t even fathom.

Do you need to hide under His wing?

I do.  Constantly, consistently.  My desire is to be so hidden under His wing that anyone who is looking for me would first have to search through my Father’s feathers to find me.

My parents raise chickens.  They have several hens and a few roosters.  One sitting hen in particular (and in this part of Texas we say “setting” hen, even though that’s poor grammar), is so protective that you cannot get eggs out from under her without risking your life.  OK… that’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea.  The funny thing is that she rarely has fertile eggs on which to sit.  She’s usually sitting on duds.  But she is so devoted!  My parents bravely risk their lives (yes, exaggerating again!!) reaching underneath her and searching under the folds of her protective wings and feeling under the soft, warm feathers of her body for anything hidden there.  From my understanding, she has occasionally hatched sweet, tiny, fuzzy chicks and is a very devoted momma hen.

She is passionate about her babies from start to finish.

To get to an egg, or better yet a baby chick, you must search her first.

This is only a simple illustration of the protectiveness offered to us by God Almighty!  To remain in God’s protection, and hide under His wing, we have to be willing.  We have to search for Him, and snuggle up close.  He longs to gather us.

I can never think of being hidden safely under God’s wings without thinking of Jesus lamenting over Jerusalem and saying:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”  (Matt 23:37, NASB)

The Pulpit Commentary (Biblesoft.com) says of these verses:

  •    A tender similitude, which is found in the Old Testament and in classic authors. It implies love, care, and protection. Thus the psalmist prays, “Hide me under the shadow of thy wings;” “In the shadow of thy wings will I take refuge, until these calamities be overpast” (Psalm 17:8Psalm 57:1);

I notice in these  verses the tenderly compassionate nature of Jesus desiring to gather Jerusalem’s children together and lovingly wrap them under the protection of His mighty wing, and the blatantly ignorant rebellion of those unwilling to be gathered.

I never want to be unwilling to hide in the safety of His wings! Similarly to how Jesus looked at Jerusalem, I believe you can look at the world around us and at the folly of those who resist Christ and see the myriad dangers of rebellion.  And it’s an ugly, sorrowful thing to see.

So, my dear fellow Believers… what can you do today to be willing?  …To snuggle up closer and hide deeply and securely under the protection of His wing?

No matter the stress, the decisions to be made, the upheaval, the worry, the failing health, the grief, the stubbornness, the past, the unknown future, or the pain of today, seek His will.  Seek His protection.  Seek the shelter of His wing.  Seek Him.

…Because “being in God’s will is the safest place to be.”

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