The Bible is filled with beautiful imagery of the protective power of divine Love in emergencies. Perhaps one of the best-known is the 91st Psalm, which says: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. . . . He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust” (Psalms 91:1, 4).
One spring after a harsh winter we experienced a rapid thaw. The creek behind our house overflowed its banks, and the backyard flooded. Our home began to fill with several inches of water.
In the backyard sat a little hen house that housed our three pet chickens. One of the hens had been sitting on two eggs for several weeks, and her chicks were about ready to hatch. Concerned, I made my way across the yard to check on them. Although their house had a foot and a half of water in it, the chickens were safe in their roost. One egg had hatched and the chick was tucked safely under its mother’s wing. The second egg had a tiny hole in it. As the water continued to rise through the day, I became worried again. Returning to the hen house, I found the roost covered with water, but the chickens had perched way up high on sticks. And poking out from under the mother hen’s wings were two pairs of chick feet. Everyone was hatched—safe and sound, high and dry.