“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
My husband and I love living in the country. One of our enjoyments is watching the herd of deer that live close by. Each Spring, we watch and wait with anticipation to see the latest crop of fawns.
One late afternoon my husband came in to tell me that there was a small fawn laying in the grass beside our driveway. We were very worried, but at the same time we didn’t want to touch it or move. So, we waited for mom to return and retrieve the baby, but by bedtime the baby was still laying there, as low in the grass as was possible.
The next morning the baby was still there! We were shocked. Where was the mother? Had she been hit by a car? Why had she not returned to retrieve her baby?
With worried minds, we went about our morning. As my husband was leaving for work, suddenly out of the woods came the mother who quickly retrieved her baby, and they both returned to the woods. We knew then that she had been hiding in the woods the entire time, watching her baby, making sure nothing would harm it. My husband realized later that she must have been moving it when he brought out the mower the previous day. The baby had known instinctively to lay low until mom came back, no matter how long it took.
I was thrilled to see the pair united, but it also struck a chord deep within me. It was a reminder to me of how our Father God watches over us, oftentimes from the shadows, and we don’t even realize it. When we think He is taking a long time to act and get impatient for something to happen, we have to remember that He has perfect timing and knows when it’s the right time.
I continue to be greatly encouraged by that interaction between the deer and her fawn. It encourages me, especially when I’m struggling with pain or one of my many illnesses, that God is there, watching over me, even if I don’t see Him or feel Him. It challenges me to have stronger faith in Him, that He is always there and will not let anything happen to me. God is always watching!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please continue to remind me that you are watching over me and taking care of me, especially on those days when I’m not feeling very good and can get stuck on how I feel rather than keeping my eyes on you.
About the Author:
Fiona Burky is a retired Licensed Clinical Counselor who lives in Ohio. It is only by God’s grace and strength, that she has been able to endure her multiple health issues. You may view her blog at: http://fionab-growingbeyondyourpainfulpast.blogspot.com.
Have there been times in your life when you didn’t think God was around and were surprised to find He’d been at your side the whole time? How do you deal with those times when you feel you’re alone…do you rest in knowing He’s watching over you or do you allow yourself to fret and worry.