I once heard a story about a lady who was being assaulted. She was so frightened and unprepared for such an attack that the only thing that popped into her mind was the Bible verse:
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Psalm 91:4, NIV)
But she didn’t have it quite memorized so she blurted out: “His feathers are covering me, His feathers are covering me!” The attacker was so caught off guard that he thought she was flat out batty and ran off.
Sometimes all we can do is fight with the ammunition we have, but if our faith is in the One who sees and knows all things what we have is enough.
One morning on the farm, I stepped away from my computer to let the dogs out for a leg stretch and I heard a hawk close by. I became nervous because hawks were a serious threat to my chickens. My chickens were free-range and I know there are those who will advocate for zero free-ranging, but we had several areas of shelter for them to duck and hide and believed that they are healthier when allowed to free-range.
However, I had questioned this decision on a couple of occasions when the hawks made their presence known. I spotted the hawk on the electric pole that provided power to the garage and barn. She was making her presence known loudly and did not flinch when I walked near.
She glared down at me. I looked around and no chickens were to be found. My smart girls had heard her cries and headed for the shelter of the coop and barn!
I clapped my hands loudly and shouted: “Get out of here!” This seemed to work and the hawk, while still hanging close in the back pasture that day, did not come near the coop or barn again.
As soon as that hawk flew off my girls came running to me from the barn and out from under the coop. I was relieved to have all accounted for (including one broody hen who never left the nesting box that morning!).
It reminded me of the story of that lady declaring, “His feathers are covering me!” Dangers and fear can keep us locked up in our coops, preventing us from freely enjoying life, but we have to face those fears knowing that the One we trust is watching over us and He does not sleep or slumber!
Imagine that — God has His eye on us 24/7 — that’s a much more trustworthy guardian than I was to my chickens!
It’s always good to have Bible verses memorized to call upon in times when you are scared or in a dangerous situation. Some people faithfully memorize verses like these and others.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust. (PS 91:1–2, NIV)
The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in him. (Psalm 37:39–40, NIV)
If you are like me, you may have difficulty memorizing chapter and verse word for word, but that’s not important. What’s important is that you know WHAT the Bible says and that you KNOW who God is in your life. That way, when faced with uncertainty, like the woman being attacked, you can call on God and His Word even if you have to paraphrase a little.
P.S. I am actually a huge fan of hawks and they hold a special meaning for me. God continues to use birds to teach me lessons about His faithfulness.