As I sat down to contemplate what to write for this devotional my attention was drawn to my computer screen. For the last several days, I have had a live cam of an eagle nest playing as my screen saver. The creative genius of God is so evident as you watch nature. I had watched as the parent eagles had brought food, cleaned the nest, perched on the perimeter of the nest guarding the young eaglets, but as I watched this time the scene was different. The parent eagle was crouched in the nest, snuggled up to the eaglets. As I watched for a while, I realized that the wind had picked up and was swaying the treetop. The parent looked as if its wings were cocked and ready to secure the eaglets in the nest. I had also remembered seeing earlier the parent birds adding branches to the perimeter of the nest, almost as if they knew a storm was coming, and they were fortifying the nest. I began thinking – what a depiction this is of our loving Father. As I continued my musings, verses began to come to mind. God is a God who is near and a God that is our safety in a storm. God is always at hand like that parent eagle perching at the perimeter of the nest but is the place of safety and refuge during the storm when the parent eagle fluttereth over her young and spreadeth abroad her wings. A God at hand!
*Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off (Jeremiah 23:23)?
*For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, (Isaiah 25:4a).
*And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain (Isaiah 4:6).
*As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: (Deuteronomy 32:11).