AS A HEN GATHERETH HER BROOD
By : Reda Icenhour
Being raised on a farm most of my growing-up years, I had
ample opportunity to observe the farm animals, including
the mother hen; or, as we called them "setting hens."
Many times I have been amazed to see the mother
hen raise up to walk and a dozen or more baby chicks
would appear from under her feathers. I've thought how
warm and safe they must feel as they huddle where no
harm can reach them, unseen by the world,
protected from the evil that would surely befall
them should they stray from these sheltering
wings. Being obedient to her call at a moments
notice means the difference in life and death, and
they all run together.
Once the Son of God
came down from His throne in heaven and made Himself
as lowly and protective as a mother hen...once He
looked out over Jerusalem and said; ( Luke 13:34)
" How often would I have gathered thy children
together as a hen doth gather her brood under
her wings, and ye would not."...
He wanted them to be safe, warm, loved, and
to be as one under His wings. With baby chicks,
the only thing between them and destruction
is the protecting wings of their mother.
So it is with us...only in the shelter of the wings
of Jesus is there safety, warmth, peace and
protection. Just as the mother hen will attack
anything to protect her own, Jesus will always
come to our defense. So why do we
refuse to be gathered together! Why
are we cold, afraid, sick and hungry when Jesus
holds all we need? It's a matter of trust...we
would rather trust the arm of flesh than be like those
baby chicks who obey unquestionably the call
of the mother.
If we would make Jesus the
center of our life and run to Him together, as one,
what a victorious life we could have! Just imagine if
when she called all the babies would start to run
in different directions, she could not possibly take
care of them all...some would perish.
Jesus is calling today so let us run to Him...
we can find the peace and warmth we need.
Malachi 4:2 tells us
there is " healing in His wings"...
we can be healed there. Psalms 36:7 says:
"Therefore the children of men put their trust under
the shadow of Thy wings. " It's time for
us all to run to Jesus together, as one, to find
the shelter we need, to allow Him to fold His loving
wings around us and "gather us together as a
hen gathers her brood." How comforted
and safe I feel when I read Psalms 91:4..." He
shall cover thee with His feathers, and
under His wings shalt thou trust."
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