Psalm 91:4 (ESV)
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
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 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 had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had singed her small body, the mother remained steadfast. She had been willing to die so those under the cover of her wings would live.
What a great example of what the Lord has done for each of us. He didn’t have to stay on the cross and fie for our sins, but He did out of His great love for us.
Dear Lord, we thank You for the reminders that You give us in nature of Your great love. Help us to never take it for granted. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.