God's Wings

No, I haven't turned away from what you taught me; your words are sweeter than honey. And since only your rules can give me wisdom and understanding, no wonder I hate every false teaching.

Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me, and keep me from stumbling. Psalms 119:103-105 (TLB)

He will shield you with his wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Psalm 91:4 (TLB)

Jan Leighton lives in Maine. In August of 1999, while working at her job as a kindergarten teacher, Jan received a life-changing phone call. The doctor's receptionist said, "Jan, the doctor needs to talk with you today, and you should bring your husband with you." Later that day the doctor explained that Jan had a walnut-sized tumor growing on the lining of her brain, and it would need to be surgically removed. Jan was in shock, disbelief, and she was scared. But they received tremendous support as well as prayers from all around the world.

All her adult life Jan has read The Upper Room every morning. One day during the weeks before her surgery, she read a devotion based on Psalm 91:4. The image of God's wings spreading over her like a mother eagle was powerful. Jan carried this image with her as she prepared for surgery. As they left their home at 4:30 in the morning to head to the hospital, Jan pictured God's wings over her. Her surgery was successful. and the tumor was benign. Six weeks later, Jan gratefully returned to her kindergarten students.

Jan learned from this experience that the Bible is not just a book filled with stories and sayings. It is God's word of compassion, love, and grace to guide us to abundant life.

Prayer: Heavenly father, thank you for your word, which speaks to each of us. Help us as we study it to find a message of love from you, in Jesus; name, amen.

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