“How often have I longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused! Luke 13:31-35
O that hymn, that beckons us into a deeper understanding and acceptance of the Master’s love pursued. “How I have longed to draw you to Myself. As when a hen covers her brood.” The imagery of a hen gathering and covering her brood is comforting and reassuring especially if you have actually witnessed it. At the sight of a predator, the hen would quickly draw to herself each chick and cover them under her wing. Similarly, the Masterlongs to draw us to Himself.
“But you went darting like chicks in a storm…” The reality of what occurs when the Herods and his messengers present in our lives! The disappointments, struggles and battles inciting and creating fear, doubt, anxiety, obstructions, distractions, pain, rejection, hopelessness and depression. We sometimes lose our focus, and we scamper seeking refuge otherwise, rather than accepting the love and support the Master offers; standing firm in faith, and with the assurance that the Master has us covered, as we strive to continue what we are called to do, “today and tomorrow and the next day”.