An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God's wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage.
One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick.
When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had singed her small body, the mother had remained steadfast.
Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live. And because Jesus was willing to die for us, all who dwell "under the shadow of his wings"
will live too -- forever.
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried:
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait."
"Wait? You say, wait!" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers. I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By Faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.
"My future and all to which I can relate
hangs in the balance, and you tell me to WAIT?
I'm needing a 'yes'...a go-ahead sign,
or even a 'no' to which I can resign.
"Lord, You promised that if we believe
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And now I wonder, do You hear my cry?
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!"
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, "You must wait."
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting...for what?"
He seemed then to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
As He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.
"I could give what you seek, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want, but you wouldn't know ME.
You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint,
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint;
"You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair,
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;
You'd not know the joy of resting in me
When darkness and silence were all you could see.
"You'd never experience that fullness of love,
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove.
You'd know that I give and I save...for a start,
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart,
"The glow of My comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
Of an infinite God, who makes resources LAST.
"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that 'My grace is sufficient for Thee.'
I could make every prayer that you've prayed come true
But, oh, the loss, if I lost what I'm doing in you!
"So, be silent, My Child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is getting to know Me.
Even though my answers might seem to be late,
My wisest of answers is still but to WAIT."
We've Come Into a Tremendous Amount of Wealth!
This happened over 60 years ago---before we knew each other! We were translateded from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God. We were born again, made new creatures in Christ Jesus and children of God. We're heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, destined to be changed into the likeness of Christ.
Christ lives in us, and so does God the Father.
Our sins are forgiven and we're robed in the righteousness of Christ---God sees us that way. Unworthy though we are, we're growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We were translated from the road to hell to the road to heaven, and made posssessors of eternal life.
If we should die, our spirits would go immediately into the presence of the Lord.
If Jesus comes first, we'd be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, our bodies instantly changed into the likeness of Christ's resurrection body. We would be forever with the Lord.
In heaven there'll be no sickness, suffering, pain, death, devil, demons, rebels, sin or sorrow. We'll be in new heavens in which righteousness dwells. In God's presence there's fullness of joy, and there'll be pleasures forevermore, as we serve Him with gladness of heart.
Meanwhile we have many exceedingly great and precious promises: the Lord's presence, joy, peace, provision, guidance, strength, help, victory and blessing in the midst of trials, etc., etc., etc.
All of this and more became ours when we trusted in Christ Who died for our sins and rose again. We gladly surrendered our lives to Him and are trusting in what He did for us, not in what we do. Salvation is the Gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.
We're full of praise to God for His mercy and grace to us in Christ Jesus for the tremendous riches that are ours, and desire to share them with others who desire to take the same route we've taken.