Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”
As much of the world is practicing ‘social distancing’ and most countries are under orders to stay at home, we are denied the opportunity to interact with one another, touch, hug, and be in their presence.
This deficit is not healthy, nor can it be sustained. We are created to be together, to interact with one another.
The same holds for our relationship with our Heavenly Father. To keep our distance as a child of God, our Father will try to draw us near, to bring us closer. He may do so with a tender call, reminding us of times when we enjoyed sweet fellowship. He may also gently correct us to make us aware that the path we’re on may lead us further away.
Knowing that His way is always best, whatever may come into our life is for our good and to restore the close fellowship for which we are saved.
There are references in His Word that liken that close fellowship to a young bird gathered under her mother’s wings for protection and shelter.
Deuteronomy 32:11-12 “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.”
Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings“
Psalm 57:1 “To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”
Psalm 63:7 “Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”
Psalm 91:4 “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
The tallit, or traditional Jewish prayer shawl, has at its corners, strings tied in a particular pattern. These are known as the tzitzit. Culturally, these are called ‘wings.’
Interestingly, we must be very close to be covered by the ‘wings’ of our Savior. When the storm is raging, when the trial seems too hard to bear, or we are feeling most alone, we can come under those wings and receive the sweetness of close fellowship with God.
Jesus reveals His heart to us and to the Jews of the day when He uses this reference. How often have we neglected the cover of His wings trying to go it alone? How many times has God called us to come under, and we passed by, or failed to heed the call?
God will not allow us to go on very long before He intervenes.
Today, you may feel alone and isolated. You may feel the lack of human interaction weighs heavy. As a saved child of God, we have access to come under those wings at any time. To feel and know His presence is one of the most satisfying things this side of Heaven.
Take time. Get alone with Him. Stay until you find what you are seeking.