Seeking Shelter

Have you ever noticed that sometimes animals have more sense than humans? Last week, we had a lot of rain. Unlike many times here in Maryland when it stays gloomy for days but doesn’t actually rain, it poured! As I stayed in my warm, dry house I watched the birds outside. We love feeding the birds and have feeders all along the roof line of our porch. They come and go all day, but don’t stay around unless it rains. During a storm, our porch is a haven for those sweet birdies.Seeking Shelter

This little sparrow stayed for a long time. Even though I opened the door to take a photo of him, he stayed in the shelter out of the rain.DSC_9398 2

Then I noticed that he was missing an eye. Maybe that is why he stayed when others flew away. Did he recognize his need? Maybe he realized that he just had to be more trusting since he was not whole? I was glad that he felt safe on our porch, that he knew where to go during a storm. So many times when the storms of life hit me, I flail around in the wind and rain trying to keep myself warm, dry and safe even though I don’t have what I need. It takes me awhile to realize that I am not equipped for the storm and need help. Some storms are just that big.

Recently, I was asked by a fellow artist, Mary, to make something for a friend that is weathering a storm. This lovely woman is battling two kinds of cancer at the same time. Mary wants to encourage her friend with art so she asked several people to create something that will then be bound into a book and given to Kay. I was beyond pleased to have been asked. But, how could I encourage Kay when I struggle during the storms of life? After praying that God would use my artistic efforts to encourage and bless, I created this.DSC_9344 4-1

You know my fascination with lighthouses. Actually, I am fascinated by light. And light just isn’t there during the worst of storms. I will not attempt to tell Kay that I know why God would have her go through this storm or that everything will be okay. I don’t know that. But I do know that Jesus will be with her every step of the way through that storm. He will give her just what she needs to get through the next moment. John 8:11-13 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

I’m hoping that I will learn a lesson from that sparrow and from Kay. Jesus will never leave me. I can take shelter in his arms.  You can too!

5″For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. ” Psalm 62:5-8

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10 thoughts on “Seeking Shelter

  1. Janine, What beautiful artwork you have created. I am sure that the woman who is battling cancer will feel uplifted when she sees what you have created. We all need to feel special and knowing that you are thinking of her and keeping her in your prayers will help her to fight the battle that she has. When it comes to animals, I sometimes think that they can sense when it is ok to trust someone. Sometimes I can walk so close to birds, and I just feel that they let me near them because they know that I won’t hurt them….I only admire them, feed them, and provide them with shelter, food and water. Did you know that if you have birdhouses, birds will use them in a storm? I have several birdhouses and I have noticed occupants in them during rain and snow storms. 🙂

    • I haven’t seen birds take shelter in the bluebird house, but there have been bluebirds hanging around the house on nice days. Not sure what they are doing! But so fun to watch. There is so much we can learn from the animals God created. Thank you for your lovely comments!

  2. I too notice that the birds love to feed during the rain. As if they are celebrating…!! And this is so bizzare…I also have a female house sparrow that is blind. Her left eye lid is completely closed…I can sit right next to her and speak to her as she eats. My oldest brother is going through the storm of cancer. His nurse said that people with the most positive attitude have the best quality of life even if the cancer eventually takes their life. Everytime we give of ourselves…we are giving a great gift. We don’t need to have the answers… because we trust in the One who does. You captured the lighthouse perfectly and I know Kay will treasure it.

    • I guess those handicapped birds know who to go to! And I love what the nurse said about a positive attitude. If we think on the right things (Phil 4:8), we will be blessed!

  3. Hello, I just received this from Mary. I am Kay’s daughter and I love it and know she will too. I talked to her yesterday and she sounds so broken. I really appreciate this and know she will as well..
    Thank you and God Bless!

    • Hannah, thank you so much for writing! I pray that your mom will be encouraged and comforted in Jesus as well as healed. May God comfort and help you too. <3

  4. Thanks Janine! I can relate to that little sparrow…needing shelter and safety. And Jesus is just that…my covering, my hope, my stability when all of life seems to be in dissarray. When we are on the end of providing some reminder of His care, like with your contribution, we end up being reminded ourselves. ‘Give and it will be given…’. I know Kay will be touched deeply. I certainly am. Creating art to inspire others in their journey is a two-fold blessing…one blessing for the recipient & another for the giver. God is good like that, right?

    • You are so right, Mary! God knew that I needed this opportunity to give and be blessed. Thank you for asking me. I pray that Kay will be helped and comforted.

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