Hoots Mon!


Psalm 60:4 I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

Things didnít go according to plan at a wedding in Scotland yesterday. A tame owl had been specially trained to carry the wedding rings and land on a perch beside the outside altar. It was supposed to be a wonderfully synchronized event. However, the piper began playing just as the owl was signaled to fly. A scared lapwing shot out of the bushes and the owl chased its prey up into a tree. The lapwing escaped but the owl remained perched on a branch. The wedding rings were still attached to its legs!

As one of my Scottish friends wrote: what a hoot! Eventually the owl was coaxed down from the tree and the ceremony continued. If Robert Burns had been around, I guess he could have penned the immortal lines: ďthe best laid schemes of owls and pipers gang aft agley.Ē

When the psalmist wrote about taking refuge in the shelter of Godís wings, he wasnít literally saying that God had wings. He was using a metaphor to describe his absolute confidence in Godís protection. In the midst of his personal troubles and crisis, he had the utmost faith in Godís guidance and deliverance. Even if all of the psalmistís plans went haywire, he would be still be assured of Godís grace and love.

To me, this is what makes faith so important Ėit gives us a hope in God that He will not abandon us, and a love from God that can never be extinguished.

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for allowing us to take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Thank You for granting us unlimited grace and everlasting love. In the midst of our problems and worries, we constantly rely upon Your Presence and Guidance. In Jesusí Name, we pray. Amen.

John Stuart traqair@aol.com  
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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