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Those of us who have seen a mother hen cock or lift a wing so that her chicks could run underneath it for warmth and protection, or who have witnessed a mother duck cover her ducklings with her wings, will love this analogy. Have you ever considered that God might be allowing our troubles in order to gather us closer to Himself? To teach us His peace that passes all understanding?

Knowing that He will not allow us more troubles than we can handle and that His father-heart longs to draw us into a closer relationship with him, doesn’t it make sense? “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matt 23:37. Is it possible that He loves us enough to apply pressure to soften our hearts and bring us to our senses?

One’s faith is built through hard times when we see God’s protection and provision, but we need to realize it by getting to a point where we turn to Him, run under His wing as it were, and ask Him. “The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” Ruth 12:2

We know how the Lord allowed Satan to test Job by increasing degrees to test his faith, and how God rewarded his loyalty in the end. We grow stronger through adversity, and our faith and love of God grow when we realize and acknowledge His part in our success. Things don’t happen by accident. There are lessons to be learnt, sometimes hard lessons.

My wife and I watched a father and mother duck with their chicks on the lake one day. An eagle swooped down to grab a chick. The mother and father and chicks bolted for cover, leaving the slowest chick to be scooped up in the powerful talons on the eagle, only to be ripped apart and eaten on the shore. God is not like that. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Even when it feels like the heavens are as brass and He has forgotten you, He is there, waiting with His wing cocked, offering hope and assurance that whatever happens, He is with you, even in death.

Have you seen how mother geese will hiss at people who get too close to their chicks and even physically chase them away? Psalm 91:4 reads, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Don’t harden your heart and blame Him for your troubles. Get an eternal perspective.

We can shorten the length of our mental, spiritual, and emotional suffering, even in the presence of increased physical suffering by drawing close under God’s wing. Knowing His loving presence and guidance provides us the strength and assurance that we long for. Turn to Him.

Chicks grow in their faith and become mature adults who, in turn, can lead, teach, and protect others by inviting them to the shade beneath our Father’s wings. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Robin Elliott