Today is day-one in the enforced lock-down to halt the spread of Covid 19. When will we be safe to venture beyond our nests again? We don’t yet know. But there is one who would gather us in at this time to protect us from harm, for He has birthed us. We are His. From the moment we believed and became born-again we swept past the barrier that had been between us before. We are no longer alone. We have one who has become our most important stakeholder, for he has paid for us dearly.
It would be absurd to think that such a God would be uncaring about His hard won offspring. Even the most vile offender has within them the capacity for change once they have made connection with the one who loves them unconditionally. Until then, life is a puzzle with no real meaning. Mere existence is a poor substitute for “life in all its fullness” (Jn 10:10). It is only as we feel safe, and can sense the guardianship of God, that we can begin to explore this life that was once beyond us. Like the chick who begins to range away from the nest, we too know that should trouble arise we will be gathered up under safe wings.