Under his feathers

When I first started my journey of faith I was working for the Boy Scouts in New Mexico.

feathers of protection

Every summer for 4 years I lived in a 8 ft. x 10 ft. platform tent, sleeping on a cot, listening to the mountain lions scream at night and the mockingbirds call overhead in the morning.         Being exposed to heat and rain during the summer meant I could have hot days thanks to the southwestern weather as well as tons of rain during monsoon season in August.      During those 4 summers I came across Psalm 91.  I loved the promises of protection I found in the verses.   “He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge” (Psalm 91:4).    One summer when I was at camp a storm came up, not uncommon in late July, but by the end of this storm the whole base camp was covered in a 1/2 inch of hailstones.  My tent had leaked during the wild winds and whipping rain, but it stood.  The tent next to mine was not so lucky.  That tent was completely ripped away from the platform and blown 10 feet away anything that had been left out inside the tent was now soaked and potentially ruined.  In my Bible I wrote “Philmont hailstorm ’94” next to verse 10, “no harm will befall you and no disaster will come near your tent.” 

Psalm 91 is not a “fixer” prayer.  The kind that you can pray and then you will never experience problems.  It is however, a psalm that holds promise.

Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation (verses 14-16).

God will care for you, just call out to Him.


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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