“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”
When it comes to metaphors we love to talk and sing of God as being like an eagle, one who lifts us up out of danger with strong wings and amazing strength. But that’s not the metaphor Jesus used for himself as he thought about the people of Jerusalem. Instead he describes himself as a chicken, a mother hen who gathers her brood under her wings. It’s that more feminine image that probably comes closest to describing what it is that trust in Jesus brings to our lives. Because the truth is that we are seldom air-lifted out of our troubles, instead we get a Lord who comes offering shelter and comfort in the midst of pain and strife. Many of us know what that feels like. We’ve experienced it in the strong embrace of friends when tears flow and times get tough. We’re not removed from our circumstances, we’re protected! What pained Jesus was the reluctance of hurting people to accept his gentle touch. They liked to stare at him and see miracles, but they didn’t want to be hugged! We know folks like that too! They want to be tough and self-reliant–and they miss out on the blessings of vulnerability! How sad!
Thought for the Day: What feelings come with being hugged?