I live on a small family farm. For some reason God finds ways to teach me about Himself through our chickens. Maybe because someone once told me chickens were a lot like humans and I thought they were dumb. Maybe because I never understood the term pecking order until I saw it was a real life and death issue.
Our chickens are more like pets. We’ve purchased chicks in the past but have never had any hatch from our eggs. We would watch our hens brood in their nesting boxes for almost a month waiting for their eggs to hatch, but nothing would happen and we’d have to throw away the rotten eggs. Over time, we gave up on our chickens having babies.
One summer evening we were greeted with the soft peeps of five chicks with fluffy black heads and bottoms dipped in yellow. This surprise caused me, my husband, and my daughter to act like the TV husband of the 1950s trying to get to the hospital in time but who forgets his wife at home. The thrill of new life created a moment of elated chaos in our backyard.
We entered the coop expecting to hold the newly hatched chicks but were greeted by excellent mother hens. I watched as one of our hens cornered her two chicks and hid them underneath her wings as she talked to them. You know when God uses something in your life to make a verse you’ve heard a million times come to life? This is what came to mind as I watched that mama hen:
God will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings.
Psalm 91:4 (NLT)
This verse always sounded so endearing and sweet to me, full of springtime miracles and gentleness in the nest. But not in our chicken coop! Spending time with these hens and watching how they care for their chicks brought revelation about how God fiercely protects us.
God desires to have us live in the shelter of His wings and find rest in Him. He loves us in the fierce yet sacrificially loving way of a mama hen. We, as God’s chicks, have to allow Him to protect us. Sometimes our mama hens are beside themselves trying to help and protect their babies, but the chicks don’t always listen to the only voice that can protect them. But she doesn’t relent. Likewise, God doesn’t rest or take a break in taking care of us. He will leave the four chicks to gather up the one who strays from the brood.
One of my favorite observations of these mama hens has been how their chicks can become invisible. The mama hens cover their chicks with their wings to hide them from every kind of predator. We are protected in the same way. We become invisible to the enemy because under God’s wings, the enemy can only see God. The Lord says:
I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call
on me, I will answer. I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.
I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation.
Psalm 91:14-16 (NLT)
Our chicks are adorable but pretty much clueless. They are in constant contact and communication with their mama hen because they know she can be trusted and that she loves them fiercely. So, they respond by listening and obeying in love, letting her take care of them, sitting quietly under her wings and watching her every move to learn how to navigate this world.
I want to be more like one of God’s chicks. Let’s live in His shelter and protection, finding the love and rest we so desperately need.Leave a Comment
This was needed today! Thank you for sharing this story ❤
Amen to that truth! Sometimes Gods creatures are more loving & caring about their offspring than many humans. We live in the country & often wild turkeys are in our field. Several months ago, two mama hens had babies. Now they often bring the chicks through our yard and across the road. One mama goes first; the other mama stands on the side of the road until every one of the chicks cross over safely. It is so cool to watch yet at the same time is hard to understand why do they treat their babies better than many humans. God help us!
Beautiful analogy. Farm life and God’s life. Thank you.
wow….what a teaching….love this
Ruth B Mills says
Love it! Thank you for your enlightening beautiful words!
Melissa Ens says
Chicks really are the cutest! We have hens but no roosters, so while we know about the pecking order we’ve never experienced watching a mother hen care for her chicks. Thank you for sharing this with us!
Maura Michael says
Can’t wait to put this post in Bible journal.
Gail Noe says
Thank you! Very well said. Amazing how one of God’s animal creatures can teach the truth we need. God bless you abundantly with deeper revelations of His love for you!
I cannot stop smiling after I read this!
Karen Purkey says
I love this story! After a serious infection in the wound from a knee replacement, I experienced 5 months of the Lord’s
fierce protection. My husband was not allowed to be with me or visit after surgery, yet I could feel the Lord’s love. It was a long, painful recovery, but the Lord’s grace, peace and love surrounded
me. He finally let me out of the nest, but stays close to my heart.
What a beautiful and fitting analogy, Stefanie! Thank you for sharing.
Karen Knowles says
I loved your post today, Stephanie. When I was a little girl many years ago, I visited my grandparents farm and saw how the mother hens were with their chicks, but I didn’t know that Bible verse at the time. Excellent message! Thank you.
Never would have e thought chickens would teach me that trust would God will protect me.
Amen and Amen dear lord, everything living are all created by you Jehovah
All animals are precious to me. They are God Almighty’s innocent creations. When I was in my early 40’s it became so clear to me that I could no longer support the cruel torture and slaughter that these innocent ones endure. I have been vegetarian since then and am 70 years old now. Occasionally I still hear “But we need protein”. I smile and say, “Beans, nuts, etc.”
Thank you for this beautiful story. A dear friend of mine from church has chickens at her home and I will certainly forward this to her.
Nancy Santiago says
Thank you for sharing this revelation and the bible version psalm 91. I’m reminded and greatly encouraged. God never cease to love and protect us. Though there are times we dont realize it and we live struggling with daily cares. He can cover us with His wings and comforted with the warmth of God’s love.
Ruth Rajkumar says
I needed this reassurance today and i felt strong and reassured that our God is always there with us and will hear us when we call out to Him, God bless you and yours and the chicks and their mamas.
Beth Williams says
God never stops amazing me how He uses ordinary animals, or other items to demonstrate His love for us. Just watch some animals, or look at nature & we can fully understand some of the stories Jesus is trying to teach us. God is constantly taking care of His creations. He is making paths for us to trod. All we need to do is learn from farm animals to trust & listen to His voice.