After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park , forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage.
One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick . When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.
She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast ... because she had been willing to die, so those under the cover of her wings would live.
'He will cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you will find refuge.' (Psalm 91:4)
Being loved this much should make a difference in your life. Remember the One who loves you, and then be different because of it.
Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special. To realize the value of a friend... lose one.
Pacific Northwest feather artist, Julie Thompson has been doing this since 1990. If you'd like to know more about her and how much they cost: Click here for the website: FeatherLady.net. They are naturally molted peackcock wing-feathers.
I thought it was remarkable that someone imagined painting on such a canvas and then figured out how to do it. People can be incredibly resourceful when so inspired. What's inspired you lately?
I hope this story makes you stop and think about all the love in your own life and truly appreciate what you have. That's what it did for me. I've been inspired by all the love and support from thousands of friends and listeners during this time of change in my life. Thanks for caring - it's touched me more than you'll ever know.