He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalm 91:4 (NLT)

After living in Arizona for a few months, Mark commented that he had never seen so many birds that would rather walk than fly. Whether it is a roadrunner or a family of quail, we constantly dodge them as we drive around our neighborhood. We have affectionately named all roadrunners, “Jake.” It’s easier. They are busy birds, always seem to be in a hurry, and, much to my surprise, are meat eaters.

The quail are beautiful and I love it when the babies hatch and they scurry in a line across the street—Mom in the front and Dad bringing up the rear. The gardener brought to my attention a nest secreted away in a pot by my front door. Geraniums make a perfect cover. A couple of weeks ago, I did notice Daddy quail strutting on sentry duty on the casita roof but didn’t realize he was watching over his new little family. Mama is now patiently sitting on her eggs. Since she is so well hidden, she has scared me a couple of times as she flew out of nowhere when I was out snipping off the spent blooms. Now I peek through the leaves and try not to disturb her. Mark says he talks to her as he goes back and forth.

Quail babies make perfect snacks for roadrunners. Danger hovers around them until they are grown and can take care of themselves. God, in His infinite wisdom and design, created this family unit with two parents to nurture and protect them until they are able to outwit their enemy. He has done the same for us.

We celebrate mothers on Sunday. Whether your relationship with your mom is one that brings you joy or maybe some sorrow, the fact remains that without her, you would not be here today. Be sure and let her know how much she means to you.

Danger lurks in the bushes for us, too, but God provides the cover that we need in a world that is often scary and out of control. His wings and feathers weather the storms of our lives and His promises offer protection for our hearts and minds. We are not alone. He will be both our front and rear guard.

Remember…YOU are loved.