Today's Lectionary Text
for you have been my help,
David had been “under the wing” of his mentor King Saul, then suddenly found himself booted out of the nest and fleeing for his life into the wilderness. Yet God found him even there, rescued him and took him into God’s own nest.
The side of my refrigerator is covered by a home-crafted banner showing a tiny chick hiding under a dove’s wing, singing a musical bar, with those words “In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.” I’ve needed a refuge at several times in my own life.
From the nest of loving parents, I ended up in danger in college from an abusive marriage. I found the joy in being a single mother, God kept sending me refuges. A caring landlady in a cheap boarding house, a church in California that befriended a bewildered Kansas girl. A totally unexpected job offer that turned into a career.
I’ve learned to look around when things look bleak. Illness? God sent the one doctor who knew exactly what was wrong. Loneliness? Another lonely person who became a best friend. For each angel that helped me over the years, I give thanks. Yet each change in my life has eventually ended and led to another change. You know the old quote, “When one door closes, another opens.” It’s true, though not always immediately recognizable.
Think about the twists and turns of your own life. Who was there when you needed them? I have learned there is always someone there.
Sometimes it took a while to recognize new angels and accept the new opportunities. It took me even longer to accept that there was always a Someone who was sending these angel helpers. Human nests end, but there is a permanence underneath, that never quits.
Which is why I feel like singing. These days the old familiar favorites attract me. From “How Firm a Foundation:” “Fear not, I am with thee.” As you look out from your nest, whatever God has provided, what song would you sing to God?
Concordia First United Methodist Church
Prayer for Reflection
God, keep me ever under your wing, and remind me to look around for angels. Amen.
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