There’s a picture that I saw on the internet once of this beautiful colored bird sitting on a tree branch. Her colors progress from blue, to purple, to orange, to greenish-yellow. She has each of her wings extended and under each wing she is holding one of her chicks. I can imagine that each of those two chicks felt safe, warm, secure, and loved. It’s a very tender image.
There’s sometimes that I felt that safe, warm, secure, and loved in my life. Early memories of my Daddy and I, with me curled up on his lap, or my head on his stomach (I used to call it my “piddow” [pillow]). He always made me feel safe and warm. Or the times when I’m upset over something and my wonderful husband takes me in his arms and holds me close. It reminds me of that picture of the mother bird.
When it appears that things may be hopeless, or we can’t see light at the end of the tunnel, we may want to give up. Some people don’t exhibit much courage and fortitude during the trying times of their lives. Occasionally I have wanted to be one of those people, however I am also one of those people who doesn’t want to face what I call the “what ifs.” You know, what if I had followed through, persevered, etc. I will say that during most of those times that I was persevering, I wasn’t doing it well. My attitude was not one of grace or maybe not even one of hope.
Over the years, God has taught me so very many things. And it seems like He’s expanding my horizons as He gently shapes me day by day. More so when I feel like things are not in my control – and I now realize that there’s really not too many things that are truly under my control – He’s taught me to rely on Him. He has always proved to be faithful and well meaning. There are so many times that I can picture myself in Jesus’ lap receiving the comfort that I so need, just as I sat on my Daddy’s lap when I was a little girl. I can see, and almost feel Jesus’ arms encircle me, just as the mother bird encircles her babies up on that tree branch.
When things are out of control, talk to God, trust God. He has it all under control.
Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.