Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8 NIV
Bella usually jumps up quickly in response to the question, “Do you want to go out?” Not this time. She was stretched out on the couch, tucked into her blanket with her head on a pillow. She was tired and relaxing was her only desire. She was comfortable, warm and happy and wanted to stay that way.
Oftentimes, I want to stay tucked in bed and not have to face the many responsibilities each day brings. I feel safe and protected. My pillow is comforting. Why would I want to throw off the covers and expose myself to the troubles of a new day.
God has promised to tuck us in under his mighty wings and protect us. In Psalm 91:4, we are told that under His wings we may seek refuge. Refuge is defined as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. We are hidden and protected by our God. Psalm 46:1 states, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” There is nothing to fear when God is on our side.
Matthew 23:37 tells of Jesus looking over Jerusalem and proclaiming that he would like to gather the inhabitants together in the same way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. If you have ever watched a bird build a nest and protect her hatchlings you have seen total protection. After a few days, a hatchling becomes a nestling. A nestling does not leave the nest and is completely dependent on its parent. Food is brought to the baby and it is fed. The nestling receives total provision until it becomes a fledgling and awkwardly leaves the nest; still having a lot to learn.
Bella and I sometimes enjoy being nestlings. We snuggle together and are completely satisfied to be loved, protected and provided for daily. I enjoy knowing God is watching over me and meeting my every need. I have nothing to fear.
Eventually, I know I have to throw off the covers and hop out of the nest. I still have a lot to learn but I know God is near. He loves me and when I falter, he is waiting to pick me up and set me on my feet. He is teaching me to fly with the eagles as I learn to trust in him. Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
If you are weary and worn out today, seek the Lord. He will take care of you and renew your strength as he hides you in the shadow of his wings. You are the apple of his eye and he will meet your every need.