He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psalm 91:4

Do we think of God in this simple way? As a mother hen covers her chicks, so our God covers us in times of trouble, hiding us from the great storms of life. I know that sometimes it’s hard to believe that as the storms we do face are so incredibly powerful and gut-wrenching, but He does watch over us, giving us solace and comfort — when we let Him.

If the chicks do not seek shelter, then the mother hen does not usually cover them up. While our God is big enough to cover us from the worst, even when we do not seek Him out, it goes much easier on us when we actively seek shelter under His wings. When we place ourselves under His almighty protection, we gain the knowledge of His grace and mercy.

Part of this process of refreshment or preparation in Advent is a refocus on putting God first in our lives and orienting our moment by moment existence to a constant appreciation of His presence and love.

Do not hide from His solace. Do not run from His hope. Instead, seek Him. One of the comments from yesterday’s post reminded us that even though we may seek Him, He seeks us more earnestly and desperately. He desires us more than we can understand — at least for now. One day, He will reveal to us His amazing love in such detail that we will have no choice but to fall before Him in awe and wonder while we sing His praises from the depths of our souls.

God bless you. Really, may He bless you and grant you to walk in His Spirit.