Stay Under Cover

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭

My double flowering almond is really outdoing itself this spring. It’s positively smothered with pink blossoms.

(Well, on that one branch, it is.)

One branch?

Yep.

There is a good explanation for this. The bush is getting up there – it’s at least 20 years old. Some of those branches are thick and tall – holding potential flower buds far above the snow line.

I can hear you asking. Why does that matter?

In our cold northern climate, buds above the snow line mean zero protection from frigid temperatures and brutal arctic winds. See, snow actually has an insulating effect – anything covered in snow has a better chance at surviving temperatures that fall below the -40C mark.

Last year with limited snow, there were almost no blooms. This year, there was a ginormous snowbank pressing right up against this shrub for months. The result?

Where the branches and buds were protected, there is show stopping glory going on.

The lesson here?

Stay under cover.

Seriously.

Psalm 5 gives us a few pointers for surviving the harsh conditions we find ourselves in here on earth. Designed as a perfect closed system, our earth has been inundated by our selfish choices and persistent sinful behaviours for generations. It doesn’t take a genius to observe that this perfect earth has been reduced to a garbage-encrusted, war-torn, toxic mess.

Harsh.

We need cover.

Let your heart take in the rich promises held here. First, there is refuge. Safety. Security. A place to be comforted and held and settled.

That place is Jesus.

God’s role is to spread His protection over us. A blanket of snow, if you will, that will provide insulation when the arctic winds howl in from the north. A warm layer of love to keep the danger at bay.

Now, notice that the evil onslaught doesn’t stop. This is no ‘get out of the realities of life free’ pass. Rather, it is a promise that in the middle of the storm, in the coldest winter, right where the north wind blows the fiercest, there is Jesus.

Loving. Guiding. Protecting.

Are you in the storm?

Stay under cover.

Are frosts nipping at your heels?

Stay under cover.

Are you blasted by arctic winds?

Stay. Under. Cover.

See, the promise to those who ‘love God’s name’ is that we will be filled with joy.

Joy!

As in, exuberant, glorious, spectacular blooms wherever we have experienced the marvellous protection of God.

Stay under cover with me?

Father, how beautiful it is that You promise to protect us as we go through the harshest conditions our world has to serve up. Teach us how to snuggle in, to draw near to those everlasting arms of peace and security as we navigate the tricky parts of life. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: