An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God’s wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree.
Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.
She could have flown to safety but refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live.
Likewise, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ gave his life to save us from the disastrous fire of sin so that we may have eternal life. How great our Heavenly Father’s love is for His children! Don’t ever think even for a moment it was luck that got you where you are, out of your situation or an accident. It is He who shields and protects you from the dangers that lurk in your life every single day. It is God who protects and guides you to safety every single time. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, He is watching and protecting you with His loving and gentle arms.
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4 (NKJV)