I was preparing a bird unit study for Nathan and when I was picking books about roosters and hens, I remembered this old Sunday school song, It starts with ‘My Saviour calls me, just like the chicken calls her chicks’.
Psalm 91.4 says, “He shall cover thee with his feathers and under his wings shalt thou trust”
What is the metaphor between Jesus and the mother hen? The mother hen has an amazing ability to protect her chicks. The chicks follow the mother wherever she goes. The wings of the mother are a natural warmth for them. Be it rain, wind, sun from predators or any disaster or if she feels any danger, she calls them under her wings.
I read two incidents about a mother hen and how she was protecting her chicks. The first one was on a big farm there lived a boy and he loved to make puppets. At the same time, the mother hen laid her eggs and one by one the chicks were hatching. The boy on the farm wanted to test his puppet high enough, and he lifted the puppet high in the air when the mother hen saw the shadow, she started clucking and all her chicks had gone under her wings. Curiosity killed the boy and he made a puppet of the eagle and he flew it above the mother hen. Seeing the danger, the mother hen did the same, and she hid all the chicks under her wings. The boy was amazed to see this, and he was overjoyed with this trait of the mother hen.
The next incident was so heartbreaking for me. There was a hen and a few chicks in a barn. Unfortunately, the barn caught fire and the mother hen called all her chicks under her wings. When the rescuers came to check on the barn, they found the mother hen to be burnt and all her chicks safely under the wings.
The two incidents talk about the wings. How the creator made the hen’s wings so strong and how she could tend her chicks with her wings. Have we ever wondered if we share the same creator as the hen? Yes, the same God who created the earth and the animals created us, we are more special to him.
Mathew 6: 25,26 says: therefore, I tell you not to worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life is more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they are?
We (including myself) often forget the above verse. We keep on thinking about what will happen ten days later or a year later. Our mind keeps on oscillating around many things, which weren’t important. Have we ever thought to come under our creator’s wings, just like the chicks run into their mother’s wings? The Bible is filled with verses that say, don’t worry about tomorrow because we don’t know what happens the next minute in our lives.
What can we find under our creator’s wings?
- Psalm 57.1 says: Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea in the shadow of your wings, will I make my refuge until these calamities are overpast.
- Psalm 36:7 says, How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings.
We find mercy under thy wings. How we are so blessed to hide under his wings and take refuge.
- Psalm 63:7 says Because thou hast been my help therefore in the shadow of your wings, I will rejoice.
We find help in times of trouble under your wings.
- Malachi 4:2 says: But unto you, that fear my name, shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings, and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
We are healed under thy wings.
- Psalm 61:4 says I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.
Under thy wings, we will abide forever.
We are lucky and blessed to have a loving God, and we are fortunate to worship him. It’s just a reminder to you and me to come closer to him and get reminded about his love for us. We may mourn or bicker towards him when things don’t fall into their place around us. We keep forgetting that we can always find refuge around his wings anytime in the day, as he doesn’t sleep and always looks for us.
Why don’t we try his wings before seeking anyone? Will you all try?
Hide me, Lord Jesus, under the shadow of thy wings. Let me find refuge in your mercies forever.
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