This week our family welcomed five new additions to our home. A pair of swallows recently returned to the nest they’d built on our front porch light, and we’ve been watching their five little eggs with great anticipation. Now the big day has finally arrived–the tiny hatchlings are here!
When we held a mirror up to the nest to peek inside, I was struck by how many feathers were surrounding those sweet babies.
I have read that while many birds automatically shed feathers from their brood patches while laying eggs, geese and ducks pluck their feathers themselves to line and insulate their nests. Think about that!
As children, we had a pet rabbit which pulled out most of the fur from her chest to protect her babies when it got cold. Thinking about what these animals were willing to do for their young–even to the point of taking from their own bodies–amazes me.
And yet, who among us wouldn’t gladly give up any part of our own body if it enabled us to protect our children? We’d sacrifice our own lives to protect theirs.
And I know where we got that–from the Great Protector, Who made the ultimate sacrifice, and still wants to shelter us with His protection.
He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Amazing, isn’t it?
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