The rain pelted the side of the tent, causing Frannie and Jade to huddle closer in the sleeping bag while Karen read their favorite Narnia story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The weather had promised a beautiful sunny day, but the rain storm spoiled all their summer camping plans.
“Mommy, I’m scared,” Jade said. “What if the tent leaks?”
Karen smiled. “Honey, it’s waterproof. Don’t worry.”
She continued to read.
“Mommy, what if it starts to thunder and lightning?” Frannie said. “It scares me.”
Karen shut the book. “Then we will go to the car where it’s safe.”
“But what if we get wet?”
Karen held her arms open wide. “I will wrap you inside my big rain coat. One on each side.”
Jade giggled. “You mean like wings?”
“Yes, like an eagle. The perfect shelter.”
“What happens next in the story, Mommy,” Frannie said.
Karen opened the book, put on her best Aslan impression, and kept reading.
I absolutely love the sound of rain on a tent. There’s nothing more soothing. However, the thought of being in a tent in a thunder storm is a totally different story! You definitely need to run to the car for protection.
When you think of shelter, what comes to mind? Probably a mother’s love, right? I do. I also think of a bird protecting her babies under her wings (like the one in the picture below), sheltering them from the elements and predators.
If you’re my friend on Facebook (and if you’re not, why not? :-)), you probably saw my status updates regarding the robins trying to make nests in our awning. We tried everything to keep them out. I even joked about posting a sign that said, “No vacancy. Try the lilac bush.” I would have if robins could read! At one point I was ready to buy a pellet gun, but knew I’d probably miss the bird and poke holes in our awning (I’m kidding of course). 🙂
I have to admit even though the robins annoyed me, their persistence in trying to build a nest to protect their babies impressed me. They wanted to build a home to give them shelter.
This not only got me thinking about how mothers protect their children, but how God shelters us from the storms of life. If we let Him.
How many times do we think we can do it on our own? Or we try different avenues of “protection”? Drugs, alcohol, excessive eating, or other addictions? We dive into one or more of these thinking they will help. You and I both know they don’t.
What would happen if we took refuge under God’s protective wings? We would find shelter—forever.
Not only is it where His children should be, but it’s the absolute best place to weather a storm! Will you go with me? His wings are massive. There’s room for all of us.
Psalms 91:4 (NLT)
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.