Under His Wings
Posted by elainemcooper on May 4, 2012
Posted by Elaine Marie Cooper
“There are babies!” My husband sounded almost as excited as if he was becoming a grandparent again.
I admit, I felt a bit thrilled that the goslings had finally hatched.
For weeks, the entire staff where my husband works had been watching the nest near their office building—and avoiding the protective and aggressive parents!
Knowing the hatching should be occurring soon, my husband and I stopped by the office building on the way home from church last Sunday. We were rewarded for the visit with high-pitched goslings peeps, the sound of cracking eggs, and a brief glimpse of a fuzzy-headed baby bird.
No sooner did we arrive, however, than Mrs. Goose did an amazing gesture. She slowly spread out her large wings and held them protectively over her brood. We could still see occasional moving bodies under her soft feathers, but they were all completely covered by her massive wings. She was not taking a chance in case we had harmful intentions against her babies—which of course, we did not.
Her maternal, protective response was inspiring.
I could not help but think of the verses throughout the Bible of God’s loving protection over His children, keeping us safe from attacks by the enemy. Our visit to the mother goose and her babies was a visible illustration from His Word on a rainy, cold Sunday afternoon. My husband and I will never forget its beauty.
“How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 36:7 NIV)
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:1-4)
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