Monday, May 11, 2020

Wings for Widows

Psalm 57 seems like it was written for today and the compounding disaster of this pandemic. In the last part of verse one the writer tells God this: 

I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings

    until the disaster has passed.

Don't we all need to scoot under the wings of the Lord?

Wings are a special picture of God's care for widows. 

Remember Ruth? Here's what Boaz told her when they first met:

Ruth 2:12-  May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.

Another psalm describes the same idea:

Psalm 91:4- He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  

Here's a "coincidence" that surprised me after my book was printed. I only met with the graphic artist who designed it once or twice to bounce around some ideas for the book cover. Her final product included a feather pen. I thought, "Hmmm...That's not historically accurate for Bible times, but then again, neither are postcards." So I just OK'd it because it complemented the classical art. We also decided to put a feather motif to mark sections and the end of each chapter.

It wasn't until almost a year that I understood! I connected the dots! 

The feather on the cover of my book was a great foreshadowing of Boaz's words to Ruth, "under whose wings you have come to take refuge..." If your Bible has cross-references then Ruth 1:12 will reference you to Psalm 91:4. 

If people ask me to autograph their book I'll often put Psalm 91:4 and hope they remember it whenever they come to a feather in their reading.

I hope this little coincidence encourages you to know that God sets up stuff to work out in some really cool ways--better than we could plan.  This pandemic was no surprise to God. He'll take care of you too, just like he cared for Ruth and Naomi. ❤  ferree

PS. Have you ordered your copy of my book yet? If not, right now I only have 50 left and with all the uncertainties ahead I don't really know if I'll be able to get more. But you can easily order today right here. 

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