Matthew 23:37 (ESV)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
My wife and I are having a lot of fun at Egg Valley. We have enjoyed learning all about chickens as we interact with them on a daily basis. One of the things we have not experienced yet is watching a mother hen taking care of her chicks. However from reading we have an idea of how a hen might feel when it comes to protecting her chicks. The hen has a nurturing nature, and she wants to keep her little ones safe. I think there’s actually a “motherhood thing” going on—not just a “chicken thing.” Perhaps what’s really going on is a Jesus thing.
The Lord has a nurturing nature when it comes to his children. He wants to guide you and keep you safe, to draw you close to him just as that hen does when she gathers her chicks under her wings. As a mom, you exhibit that same nature when you draw your children to your side—to the shelter of your presence.
As a parent, you know how heartbreaking it would be for your children to stay at arm’s length and resist the safety and love you provide. Are you keeping the Lord at a distance by rejecting his love and protection?
Dear Lord, we pray that we would not distance our self from You but would let You surround us with your loving arms. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.