Wednesday, June 17, 2009

wings...

One of the great and wondrous themes of the Bible reassures us that God is our refuge and fortress, our shelter and protection, our strength and covering in times of danger. 

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge (Ps 91:4)

The psalmist undoubtedly has an specific bird in mind. This bird senses danger and protectively spreads out its wings while chicks quickly take cover underneath where they are safe and sheltered. While in Israel my friend and tour guide Sarai took my hand and led me to a tree in the
Golan Heights. She pointed out a local bird that the psalmist could have been referring to. She explained that the wings of this birds are comprised of many, many bones and dense feathers to provide shelter, nourishment, and even a hiding place in the presence of enemies. So when the psalmist parallels God covering us as with His wings, it is more than a warm place to dwell... it could actually spare your life. 

I don't want to have a Bette Midler moment and break out into The Wind Beneath My Wings (I've watched Beaches more times than I can count and still cry), but really, my mother is pretty darn awesome. She, like God, spread out her wings to protect my sister and I during a alley shootout in 1984. Check it out...

10 comments:

Jenn said...

I MATTER!!! On the wings of God I will do great things today. I totally needed to hear this.

PS I love Beaches too!!!!!!!!

His Jewel said...

LOVE it!! When my pastor mentioned this he gave this story that was in the news at the time that I vaguely remember but he talked about a chicken that spread her wings to protect her chicks and she burned up and died but saved her chicks. It's so precious to know that God protects and shelters us like that. Love it! ;o) Thanks B!

Bianca said...

@Jenn: Beaches was a classic!
@Jewel: I love that story :) Jack always brings it home! PS I can't wait to say hi to you next week :) See you soon for Se7en Deadly Sins.

Anonymous said...

Very precious.

Jasmine said...

Remember watching Beaches together like ONE THOUSAND TIMES and singing along to the soundtrack?!
We were so cool. Unbearably cool

His Jewel said...

I know, I can't wait for your study!!!! =) I haven't seen you since Nov. at the CCD study.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bianca, I LOVE your blog!! I look forward to reading it everyday! I am VERY interested in attending Se7en Deadly Sins study. At what time will it start and end? And what if I cannot make it to one day? Just want to plan ahead! ;o) Thank you so much for your daily inspiration!!

Nicole said...

Bianca! You are such an eloquent speaker!! I love that you keep it real and are not afraid to laugh at the life experiences (good or bad) that have molded you. Shout out for your awesome mommy. :)

jdzphotoblog said...

Thank you for those last 2 words in your video "you matter". God bless always!

Bianca said...

@Jazzy, come over and let's watch Beaches :) Hurry!
@anonymous, you're more than welcome to attend even if you have to miss a week. We'll just stone you when you return. Just kidding.
@Nicole, nice new photo! Ultra glam ;)
@jdzphoto, welcome to the comment club! Thanks for the blog love!

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