Saturday, December 16, 2017

25 Days God Given Gifts - Day 16 - REFUGE

God is our refuge and strength,
 an ever-present help in trouble.
 Psalm 46:1

Websters 1828 Dictionary defines REFUGE: 
That which shelters or protects from danger, distress or calamity; a strong hold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place inaccessible to an enemy.

Missionary Amy Carmichael tells of a beautiful illustration of God's love and care through a little bird. Taken from the pages of Secure in the Everlasting Arms as told by author Elisabeth Elliot. 

The sun bird, one of the tiniest of birds, a native of India, builds a pendant nest, hanging by four frail threads, generally from a spray of valaris. It is a delicate work of art, with its roof and tiny porch, which a splash of water or a child’s touch might destroy. She tells how she saw a little sun bird building such a nest just before the monsoon season, and felt that for once bird wisdom had failed – for how could such a delicate structure, in such an exposed situation, weather the winds and torrential rains?

The monsoon broke and from her window she watched the nest swaying with the branches in the wind. Then she perceived that the nest had been so placed that the leaves immediately above it formed little gutters which carried the water away from the nest. There sat the sun bird, with it’s tiny head resting on her little porch, and whenever a drop of water fell on her long, curved beak, she sucked it in as if it were nectar. The storms raged furiously, but the sun bird sat, quiet and unafraid, hatching her tiny eggs.

I find this story about the sun bird fascinating. You've probably figured out I have a little bird thing going on here at Little Birdie Blessings. God's provisions for the birds never ceases to amaze me. If He cares so much for them, how much more will He provide for us? 

Some wise words below by Elisabeth Elliot. 

Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge,
your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, 
your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, 
your savior, your guide? 
If He is, you don’t need to search
any further for security.
~ Elisabeth Elliot ~

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  1. You have a little birdie thing going on? ☺️ I like the story of the sunbird, too. Doubt they ever get seasick in their little hammock nests. Refuge...another great gift of God.

  2. What wise words from Elisabeth Elliot in that final quote - This past year has brought many challenges and changes for me, and God has proven faithful, and has been my rock through them all.


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