A mother bird blackened and dead. Rangers were checking out the damage of a forest fire and were sickened to find such a sad and devastating sight. One bumped the bird with a stick, and three little chicks came scrambling out. Mama could have flown to safety, but instead she covered her little ones and sacrificed her life for theirs.
I heard this story many years ago. While surfing to find it, I found it used as an example in some devotions. But other sites claim there is no proof this really happened. Whether it’s truth or fiction, I don’t know. However, I do know and have witnessed in my life how a mother hen will gather her little ones under her wings to hide and protect them from danger. Danger from any lurking predator seeking to harm them.
A hen is almost defenseless herself, and yet she will never abandon her chicks when danger comes. If necessary, she will even shield her chicks with her own body and sacrifice her own life to preserve their lives.
It paints such a moving picture of what God has done and still does for us, doesn’t it?
Jesus placed Himself between us and the fiery judgment we deserved for our sins. He died so we might live. Only He came to life again, because He is the God of limitless power over all our enemies.
Satan will continue to lurk about us to destroy us. But because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, he will never be able to devour our souls. But still, he is going to keep trying.
God doesn’t promise there won’t be danger or struggles in our lives. He doesn’t promise He won’t allow Satan to try us. He doesn’t promise our lives will be free of fear and suffering. But He does offer His wings of refuge and wants to cuddle us to Himself in the warmth of His love and safety.
Under His Wings
(Author Unknown – If anyone can find out who wrote this, please let me know.)
My way was filled with danger
And I felt so alone
The enemy had singled me
Out to do wrong
And when he drew near
My heart filled with fear
Then I heard someone dear
Calling me to His side
And I ran under His wings
There He covered me, and now I can see
The enemy still looks for me
But what he can’t see
Is that I’m under my Lord’s wings
Under His wings
The thunder rolled
Dark clouds hung low
I was out in a storm
I was shivering in the coldest night
No safe retreat from harm
And there blew strong winds
Would this be my end?
And then I heard my Friend
Callin’ me to His side
And I ran under His wings
There He covered me
And now I can see
The storm still rages
Oh, but in the Rock of Ages
We’re resting warmly here
Under our Lord’s wings
Under His wings, Under His wings
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings My soul shall abide
Safely abide forever!
“He will cover you with His feathers.
He will shelter you with His wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
Psalm 91:4 NLT
“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
until the danger passes by.”
“Jesus Died My Soul to Save”