Welcome back! We celebrated a graduation this weekend! Our eldest has now officially finished four long years of University! We are proud of her, and this week’s guest post seemed especially timely in light of all that we are celebrating!
Our guest blogger this week is a special family friend, who often finds herself pondering and reflecting on something that she sees. This nugget was originally an email sent to encourage, and I asked if I could post it, as it spoke to me, as I hope it speaks to you! Last week we shared some favourite verses, and Margie does here, as well! Isn’t it great how God works things together to follow a theme? Hope you are blessed as well this week!
On this rainy day after getting control of my migraine (thanks to medicine), I am reflecting…So, here’s the thread of thought….
Yesterday, G (her hubby!) and I were out for a walk in the beautiful sunshine trying to avoid scattered garbage cans on the sidewalk (it was garbage collection day in our neighbourhood), I startled as something flew by my knee about a foot away and landed just past me by the road. I looked over to see a wee baby robin very much like the one in the picture below. (Photo credit: Here) It was hopping about — heading towards the road!
It was then that I noticed “Mom Robin” sitting on the fence watching her baby try to fly and gain some independence.
I doubt robins worry, but as we humans do, I did the worrying for her, concerned the baby may step into the road…luckily, it turned and hopped back to the yard.
Mom watched intently but didn’t move. Baby decided to fly. It took off — headed straight for a collision with the wall of the house….oh dear, said I, it’s about to get injured. Peeking through one eye, I saw it land on the wall — somehow amazingly clinging to the little crack between the bricks. How long would it be able to perch there precariously before falling, I wondered? It let go and landed on the mailbox. All this time mother never moved, but kept her eye on her baby. As it landed on the mailbox, mom flew closer, landing on the grass nearer her baby. She was there, watching over, close enough to help if needed, but letting baby grow and learn and even make some mistakes.
Later in the evening I was preparing for a book study tonight when the author directed me to one of my favourite verses in scripture…
“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,
Who rides the heavens to help you,
And in His excellency on the clouds.
27 The eternal God is your refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;Deuteronomy 33:26-27 NKJV
He is around us, above us, upholding us as we live and move and be!
Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
In reference to Jacob…..
Deuteronomy 32:10 – 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.
A favourite Psalm of mine….
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
I read elsewhere….
If we feel alone during our time of need, instead of running with the assumption that God has left us, we should work on opening our eyes to see where He is in the situation. The good that can come out of something bad isn’t always obvious or immediate, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. If you continue to have difficulty having faith that God has His eyes on us, you can always call out to Him to help you recognize His presence.
At first my eyes were only on the baby robin and it’s predicament. It’s vulnerability. But then I noticed mom and her hovering presence on the apple of her eye…
G and I continued our walk….
May your walk today be secure in knowing you are in full view of your loving Father.