Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Exodus 5:1-6:1
Psalms 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126
1 Corinthians 14:20-40
Mark 9:42-50

What a wonderful picture of protection we have in Psalm 121. I know in my head that God shelters and protects His loved ones. Psalm 121 says that God watches over us without sleeping. When I am anxious for my loved ones I try to think of them in God’s care and entrust them to God. But often in our fear, we forget we are being cared for.

The word shelter conveys to me protection against a threat. I recently read an account of mountaineers inside their tent while a snowstorm raged outside. They hung onto the tent poles, eyes wide, amazed that a thin wall of nylon could stand between them and death from the elements of wind, snow, and cold.

This year a duck showed me very powerfully how tenderly God shelters us. In the courtyard where I work, a mother duck cared for her babies. One rainy day I walked by the courtyard, looked out, and stopped in my tracks as I noticed the mother duck. She wasn’t very big or impressive herself -- a modest looking brown bird. However, in the face of the rain, she had extended her wing to its full length, and gathered under her wing were many fluff balls -- her babies, huddled together. I was stunned by the poignant scene of this small bird trying with all her might to protect her smaller vulnerable offspring.

Jesus said He longs to care for and protect us like that (Luke 13:34). He will hold us close to Himself in the face of threats. Let us thank God for His tender care for us.

God, thank you for watching over me. Help me to be at peace, knowing You shelter me and those I love. Amen.


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