How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low men find refuge under the shadow of your wings! Psalm 36:7-8
This past weekend’s cold air made it feel like fall had finally arrived! I love fall and most of the changes it brings. One of those changes is to watch the migrating birds and insects move through our area.
Over the last several weeks looking to the sky, I have marveled at one of God’s wonderful creations and the mystery that lies within, as these birds seek safety from what lay behind them. We in Texas are blessed with a mix of species, like ducks, geese, heron and more, that migrate in and out of our area with the changing of the seasons. We are also blessed with Monarch Butterflies by the thousands that migrate through our home on their way to Central Mexico.
I am sure you too have noticed: the migration is definitely on!
Just as many birds and butterflies seek a place of warmth and security, to escape the cold harshness of winter in the northern states with their bitterly cold winds and storms that make life untenable, we too have the same need.
What is it that makes you want to run away from the harshness you are experiencing in life; a desperate need to fly away to a place where you can safely rest? Many of our great Bible figures found themselves in situations that they ran from. Hagar ran from her problem with Sarah, Jacob fled from Esau, Moses ran away from Egypt, even David, a man after God’s own heart, ran for years from Saul.
We all need at times to actively migrate to a safe haven away from our problems. And when you think about it, running away to a safe place is Christ-like and Biblical!
We see Jesus frequently sought times of relief away from the stresses of His ministry. During these times He would go off by Himself and commune with His Father. Jesus is our perfect role model in how to cope with the stresses and strains of daily life. We also see the same sentiment professed throughout the Psalms in verses like these:
- Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away and be at rest. Behold, then I would wander far off. I would lodge in the wilderness.” Selah. “I would hurry to a shelter from the stormy wind and storm. Psalm 55:6-8
- My soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalm 57:1
- Hide me under the shadow of your wings, from the wicked that oppress me. Psalm 17:8-9
- He shall cover you with his feathers, and under His wings shall you trust. Psalm 91:4
Yet like Jesus and the other Bible characters mentioned above they return to their lives. Just as migrating birds find their way back home. So let us take our clues from nature and learn from the best teacher that ever lived, we need to take care of ourselves by flying away to rest under the shadow of God’s gentle, merciful, safe, love-filled expansive wings as we actively seek relief from the storms of life and thereby return refreshed, renewed and ready to meet each new challenge as it comes.
May I suggest one tangible way to escape and be refilled is by joining our church’s weekly Community Group as we come together in Praying the Psalms on Thursday nights from 8pm-9pm.
Hope to see you there!