After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast…because she had been willing to die, so those under the cover of her wings would live.
‘He will cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you will find refuge.’ (Psalm 91:4)
As Christians, we need to know that God will always protect and watch over us no matter what we’re going through or whenever we’re in danger. As we look to Him with trust and faith He will deliver us from any situation with the love and care of the loving mother bird that saved her babies’ lives. Looking deeper, we can actually see God’s love in action through this example of nature protecting it’s own. Everything good in the world is a reflection of God’s love for us, just as He sacrificed His son for the sin in the world and as Jesus gave up His life for the world. Let us follow God’s example for others as well as keep a loving trust in our hearts that God will never let us down.
Share this story with those persons you desire to be blessed and with those who need to be blessed. Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone Special.