Keeping Up (by D.A. Cobb)

There she was, the mother of nine, protecting her eggs on top of one of my neighbors outdoor flower pots. She disposed of one, hatched seven and four survived. It was wonderful watching her care for and nurture her young and finally seeing them waddle as a group toward the pond outside my den window. Over time they grew strong and playful spending the warm afternoons swimming, snacking and snuggling.

There was one however who had an injured leg and walked with a noticeable limp. It was all it could do just to keep up. It was sad to watch and my heart ached for this little duckling. Then one day as they were crossing my lawn, with the little trooper falling further and further behind, the others stopped until it could catch up, then went a little further and stopped again. This loving gesture by its brother’s and sister’s continued throughout the summer and into autumn and then one day they were gone, probably to a new and warmer home. I often think of my little friend and how its family loved and protected one of their own.

Isn’t Jesus our ultimate Protector? He cares for and loves us 24/7 even though we at times ignore His presence or often forget the promise. Seek Him now and He will surround you with the protection only He can provide and the care we can’t fully understand.

Listen as David raises his voice in prayer to the Father,

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them,

that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous;

you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”

                                                                                                        Psalm 5:11-12

There is no greater assurance than accepting God is in control and knowing He desires only the very best for us. Revisit the peaceful image of sitting on the lap of Jesus and having Him hold you tightly in total love, protection and harmony. Speak to Him of your fears and concerns and above all, listen quietly for His reply. His answer may not be immediate but it will come.

Read the words of David as he again petitions his God,

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;

turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”

                                                                               Psalm 17:6

Petition the Lord in all circumstances. Then gently and silently listen for His response.

Psalm 4:1

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