Where is the camera when you need one?
For a couple of days, Tom and I had been fascinated with some new tenants on our property! A family of wild turkeys had settled in the tall grass back under some trees. I was so excited when I first saw Mama Turkey proudly leading her 10 little newborns across the lawn. It was amazing to watch them interact. The small poults would be in a line, and if one should stray too far, Mama would stop and “say” something, and back that little one would run! Just like in human families!!
One day last week, there was a major storm warning for our area. I had noticed the turkeys scurrying quickly to the front lawn from across the street when all of a sudden, Mama evidently gave an all out alert, and immediately waited for all ten babies to come to her. She widened her wings to enclose them all–tucked her head and settled down to wait out the storm.
I stood there awed at turkey nature. What did she know that the radar had not shown me yet? Surely she would have had time to get “home” before the storm.
Almost immediately the storm seemed to strike with exploding terror–at the same time the alert went off on the Smart phone! I left the turkey scene to make sure everything was fastened down on the deck. Strong intense rain pelted the windows.
I had forgotten the turkey pile in the front yard until much later when I looked out the window.
Mother Turkey was STILL there–she must have gone to sleep in the storm–knowing all her babies were safe and dry.
As I opened the door to “see”–she immediately released her tight hold, and 10 dry babies wiggled out. What a photo holy moment!
How like God–all-knowing, caring, loving, protecting!!
I was reminded of the verse in Matthew 23 where Jesus said, “how often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. . .”
I watched Mama Turkey lead the way to a more safe haven –from my wide eyes! But really is there any safer place than under her wings, near her heart?
And I wanted to shout–that I have a God who wants me under His wings–not just during a storm, but through each day of life.
Dry and safe—under. . .