Under His Wings

For the LORD'S portion is His people, Jacob his allotted inheritance. In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.
Deuteronomy 32: 9 – 12, (NIV).

There are times in my life when I feel completely overwhelmed. I become like the disciples in the boat when the storm struck: deep inside I know that God’s in control – but that doesn’t stop me from being scared!

A couple of years ago, my life went through a traumatic period. My mother was seriously ill, and I had health problems of my own. One morning I decided to take some time out at a nearby country estate, where there are beautiful gardens open to the public. My path took me past trees vibrant with shades of red, orange and yellow. In the distance, I could hear ducks quacking loudly. However, what really grabbed my attention were several large birds hovering overhead, silhouetted against a brilliant blue sky.

The owners of the estate run a breeding programme for red kites. These British birds of prey have a wingspan of over five feet, giving them the ability to soar effortlessly for long periods. Marveling at these graceful birds, I experienced an amazing sense of peace, as if God himself were hovering above me.

In the busyness and turmoil of modern life, I too easily forget that God is always with me. That’s why I love these verses in Deuteronomy 32, and the way they use the image of an eagle caring for its young to describe God’s heart towards us. Now every time I see one of these magnificent birds, it reminds me afresh of God’s constant care. When I am feeling overwhelmed, it is His strength that will refresh and sustain me.

Father, thank you that whatever happens to me, you are watching over me. Please help me to keep trusting you. Amen.

By Fiona, Leeds UK