"Hide me in the shadow of Your wings." ~ Psalms 19:8b
"Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings."
~ Psalm 36:7b
The Shade Tree ...
"Take in this cozy, protected spot. Look up at the tree that is shielding you from sun, rain, visibility... You're not way off on a secluded trail, but here, near buildings, the road, it's still possible to feel alone, safe and peacefully protected.
Rest in God's protection over you.
Think about times in your life when you've been with the Lord in safe and peaceful places, and He's encouraged you, revealed things to you, enlightened, or simply lightened you. Remember, and thank Him.
How are you doing with finding a place, a time, regularly, to be with the Lord, shaded and hidden and close to His heart? If you're married or have roommates, are you helping them do the same? Jesus regularly went off by Himself, to quiet places, to be with His Father. Pray for focus and discipline to do the same.
"...how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" ~ Jesus (Luke 13:34)
Are you "willing" to live constantly under the wings of Christ, gathered up by Him whether you're by yourself in a pretty place, or in the thick of activity and challenge? Pray for mercy, and increased willingness to dwell under His shadow. Thank Him that His heart is so passionate for you - he "longs to gather you" close to Himself!"
I don't know about you - but this one really calls me to Him. This one speaks to the deepest desires of my heart, to some of the things I struggle with and to how I am thankful for and long for His protection. I pray that these truths would seep deep, deep into my heart and life.