“How often I’ve ached to embrace your children, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me.” Matthew 23:37
Have you ever wanted to wrap your arms around a little child and hold him or her, but have been rejected? My youngest grandson, Mason, went through a couple of years of ignoring me and giving me that “Don’t touch me” look. Beings I had only seen him on three or four different trips, I could understand the shyness he displayed towards me. However, the moment grandpa walked into the room, he would yell, “Papa!” and run into his arms.
Before Jesus was put on trial, and pronounced guilty, he tried one last time to win over the very people who had rejected the prophets God had sent. When he failed to get them under his wings, he must have thrown up his arms and said, “What are these people thinking? Don’t they know who I am?”
Like Mason, it takes some people longer to warm up to the mother-hen type of a person–like a grandma. But when we wander under the wings of God, that’s when find the warmth and protection of a loving God.
Dear Lord, please gather me like a mother hen into your warm arms. Amen.