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"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a

God's Wings

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 gently struck it, 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 refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would life.

"He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust."   Psalm 91:4

Being loved this much should make a difference in our lives. Remember the One who loves you, and be different because of it.

When Jesus Looks Upon My Life
What Picture Does He See?

When Jesus looks upon my life,
What picture does He see?
Does He see His own reflection,
Or does He just see me?

Does He see His likeness,
The product of His hand?
Or just another Christian,
Who never took a stand?

Does He see a child of God,
A child that He set free
Living life to honor Him,
Or does He just see me?

What about the other folks,
I meet along the way.
Do I show them Jesus
To brighten up their day?

When someone looks into my
eyes, can they truly see
That calm and gentle peace of God
that dwells inside of me?

When I reach out and shake a hand,
is He right there in my grip?
Can they feel that strength from
God, that steadies when they slip?

When folks are in my presence
Do they know His Spirit's there?
Can they see that He's the one
Who guides me everywhere?

When other people think of me,
What is on their minds?
Do they think of Jesus Christ
So gentle and so kind?

I try to be like Jesus
Every single day.
Spreading love and kindness
All along my way?

I'm afraid that I have failed,
I could not pass the test.
Deep inside my heart I know
I haven't done my best.

I have had to fight my flesh
Since the day that I was born.
It's always causing trouble
And being such a thorn.

That's why His Spirit tells me
He's helping me to learn.
In every situation
Where I need to turn.

He knew I'd never pass the test
That's why He took my place
He gave His life to save my soul,
He suffered my disgrace.

Now I try to be like Him
I must present Him well.
So other folks will want His gift
And turn their backs on hell.

Other folks should see the joy
That Christ has given me.
They should want to have it too,
Especially since it's free.

They should begin to ask me
What is it they must do
Just how it is they go about
Getting Jesus, too.

Then I get to tell them,
This wondrous gift is free.
It only takes a humble heart
A prayer on bended knee.

Someday when I'm face to face
With the Lord who set me free,
Will He see His own reflection,
Or will He just see me?

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