Jill Jarrell Newsome
Under His Wing
Early this morning we took my daughter, Sarah, to the airport to fly back to her job in Portland. It was dark out and then when we got to the airport there were NO cars! It just seemed eerie. Mike helped her in with her bags and said it was sparse and everyone had on masks of course. Not sure what good that does when they pack the planes like sardines. Her flight is full and they filled the middle seats. All of that aside, it is hardest to say goodbye.
One of the blessings from this pandemic was her being out of work and getting to be here almost three months. It is not always easy for adult children to come home but we did pretty good. I feel only through this extended visit did I get to see God orchestrate some things that I consider to be answered prayers. What were the chances that the whole world would shut down so Sarah could be home for this long? I am telling you that Multitasking God has got it going on!! I don't know why I continue to be so amazed at the things He does! Ephesians 3: 20, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..." I am so grateful and thankful! I am in awe of Him and His ways! Exodus 15: 11, "Who among the gods is like you,Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?"
As I sat in the car by myself, after telling my child goodbye, I start praying. Thanking God for what He has done and asking Him to keep Sarah safe. I do not know what I would do if I did not have God in my life! The ride home was tough and I knew I would have to write before I could try to go back to sleep. I just need to read His words to comfort me. I just have to trust that along with everything else, God is our protector! He has Sarah under His wing. 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."
I have learned that like everything else God creates feathers are amazing. Feathers are smooth and fluffy. The smooth part has stiff barbs with tiny hooks that lock together like the prongs of a zipper. The fluffy part keeps a bird warm. So the bird is protected from wind and rain. Baby birds are covered in a fluffy down and their stiff feathers haven’t fully developed. So a mother bird has to cover them in the nest with her own feathers to protect them from wind and rain. This reminds me that we can not do it our self! We need God's protection. He is the safest place to be! If you want protection from the storm, get under God's wings!
You have probably seen a mother hen wanting to protect her chicks. She does not run to those little chicks and jump on top of them to protect them. She squats down, spreads her wings and clucks. The baby chicks come running from all directions. They run under her outstretched wings. Then the mother pulls her wings down tight over her babies. She tucks each chick in tight under her. Anything trying to get to those chicks will have to go through her!
I am so thankful that God is on the plane with my child right now, protecting her. He will fly the 3000 miles with her. She cannot go anywhere out of His Presence. Thanks be to God!