“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”
~Psalm 36:7

Sitting in the shade on my porch, I took refuge from the punishing heat of the summer day—the sun so intense that the trees seemed to shimmer. Suddenly, a large shadow moved across the yard, startling me. I looked up to see an enormous bird circling in the blue sky. It looked majestic; its wings outstretched, gliding on the currents. I watched its wide shadow grace the yard again and again as it soared high above.

“I don’t know why God, but that bird’s shadow brings up some emotions in me,” I said out loud.

“How does it make you feel?” God asked.

I thought of the bird’s outstretched wings. They brought to mind the outstretched arms on a cross so many years ago. “I feel safe and loved,” I said.

“You are safe and loved, my little one,” God whispered.

The bird continued to draw lazy circles in the sky, and I forgot about the heat, at least for a few moments, while I thought about God’s wonderful gifts for us and His love that we can’t fully fathom.

 

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