I was in college—and trying to make sense of some hard events in my life that made little sense. Overwhelmed by the trouble, I was in a vulnerable frame of mind when I opened a small gift book my sister Jan had sent for my birthday. Though the book is long gone, a simple poem inside encouraged me—and has stuck in my memory for decades. As so often happens, the gift arrived at exactly the right time and was just what I needed. (I don’t recall the author of the poem. If you do, please let me know. I’d love to give credit.)
It went something like this:
Silent wings above my head,
A shadow on the earth below.
I’d not have known the bird was there
But for the movement on the snow.
Sometimes a shadow on life’s path
May bid us pause to look above
And find, outstretched against the sky
Quiet, sheltering wings of Love.
When I thought about what to share in this post, that poem came to mind—twice. Then again a few days later. I’m trusting there’s a reason for that. Someone reading this today needs to know that no matter what is happening in your life, Love is flying nearby, waiting for you to look up .
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;”—Psalm 91:4.