How do you best connect with God?
I personally connect best with Him in nature. I hear Him most clearly on a long walk in the cool of the day, or sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in.
Scripture tells us to take time for Sabbath rest. God does this not for His benefit but so that we can be refreshed and renewed. I am doing just that. So today, while the doctor is out, refreshing and renewing my own spirit spending time with God in nature, my dear friend and fellow author, Peg Bradley, is guest posting about her reflections from observing nature.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart…
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:1-4, 14-16
One of my favorite verses of the bible is in Psalm 91 in which we are told that God covers us with His feathers and we’ll find refuge there.
As I recently watched a mother robin on her nest, I thought about that verse. I noticed how she covered her unhatched eggs with her wings. While she sat, her eyes darted in all directions looking for possible predators.
I watched as both mother and father robin chased away black birds when they came too close to the nest.
As I sat watching them from my swing, they kept an eye on me too.
After the eggs hatched, the baby birds were cared for until they were taught how to take care of themselves.
I imagined that this is what God is doing when we trust Him. If we allow Him to cover us with His feathers, He will keep a watchful eye for predators. He will chase away any enemy on our behalf. Once we have “hatched,” He will teach us what we need to know in order to battle the enemy ourselves.
He will always be there if we need Him, but He wants us to know how to do battle. When we falter, we’ll always be able to run back to Him, to be covered with His feathers and to find refuge until we are strong again.
The longer we’re in a relationship with God, the more He’ll teach us, the stronger we’ll be, and the more equipped we’ll be to teach others.
We’d love for you to share a time, in the comments below, when you felt God’s protection and safety.
Under His Wing,
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