When I was a little girl there were quite a few old bushes lining our back yard. My favorite was the Snowberry bush. It always had white ‘berries’ hanging from it’s branches. I was told they would make me sick if I ate them so I crushed them in my ‘mud pie meals’ & just for fun….I’d snap them in my fingers. SNAP!!! They made such a great sound! I, also, loved the bush because of the shelter it gave me when the sun was hot & I needed some shade. Also, when the clouds would open up & pour out their rain I found it such fun to sit under that old bush with it’s thick branches covered with foliage. I would listen to the rain & dream little girl dreams. I always felt safe.
A few weeks ago, Robin & I had a definite revelation regarding our roof……IT WAS TIME!!! Our shelter was becoming less “shelter-ish” & more “leak-ish”. We were blessed to have some young men come to our house that are in the business of making people named Roberts (and other names, too) very happy!!! Before we knew what was happening, our new roof was up there covering us & protecting us from the ‘elements’. Just knowing there was a possibility of the leaks being gone gave me a sense of comfort………a sense of safety.
As the roof was being done & I heard the “little chipmunks” scurrying around & working away up there, a story & scripture came to mind. The safety of a new roof became a metaphor………..a new roof is the Lord’s feathers covering us. And thus……there is the safety & protection. The scripture I mention is Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (NIV)
The story I mention is one told by a friend of ours who just turned 101 years young. If you could see her, you would realize that my phrase of “years young” is not just a phrase……….it is the truth. Erma has always kept her mind & body young. This story is hers. Although I cannot remember all the details, I do remember that during a time of complete fear in her life, she remembered this scripture…….or at least parts of it. She couldn’t quote it word for word but she knew enough about this verse to remember that God will cover you with His feathers (wrap you in His wings) & under those wings there will be refuge. The only words she could voice were, “Feathers! Feathers!”. God’s protection became real to her at that moment. Those feathers covered her; she found refuge & she knew…beyond a shadow of a doubt, that His faithfulness will always be a shield for protection & a barrier to keep Satan at a distance. All Erma needed to do was remember Who her Protector was & His promises. She “asked” Him to come protect her in the only way she was able to verbalize that cry for help. He came…….He was there……..His feathers became a ‘new roof over her head’.
What a complete & total joy to know that His love & protection is always there. He cares about the major disasters in our lives & He cares about the new roof that is needed. His feathers cover us…….under His wings we find refuge. I pray that I remember His promises & feel His safety until I take my last breath.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”