Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hovering Near Always

Isaiah 31:5

The LORD of Heaven's Armies will hover over Jerusalem and protect it like a bird protecting its nest. He will defend and save the city; he will pass over it and rescue it.

I fell in love with this verse. In the spring, when momma birds are building their nests and then they have their little ones it is always amazing how protective they are of their babies. I walk out my front door and they are ready to attack. They are flapping their wings and very nervous, ready to pounce on me if I take one step too close.

The image of the LORD protecting us, hovering over us to be sure that nothing harms us is beautiful. He will defend us. He will flap His Mighty wings and hover over us to be sure that no harm will come from the enemy.

Remember, the first Passover in Exodus? He passed over and destroyed the enemies and spared the people. Our Defender, Our Father, Our Savior amazing considering the mumbling, grumbling and outright turning our backs on Him that we sinners are guilty of!

I read a beautiful story from "Our Daily Bread" about the protection of the young by a father.
The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves. On the night of a boy's thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test. He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and the tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick woods and he was terrified! Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce. After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the path. Then, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with a bow and arrow. It was his father. He had been there all night long.

We may not see Our Father, but He is there! He is defending us always! He is hovering near; don't you feel His Mighty Presence? If not, talk to Him. Ask Him to be Your Father. Ask Him to Protect You and then look and listen because He is there!

Amazed by His Love,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, I was pretty surprised with today's reading that Israel had turned to Egypt for help. The very people and place that God had rescued them from years of slavery is where they turned for help. I was thinking about all the places I turn to for help, when I should be turning to the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.

That is a neat story you shared about the young Indian boy.

I thought that Isaiah 33: 6b was really good "The fear of the Lord will be your treasure."