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May 4, 2024

“As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings.” Deuteronomy 32:11

I try to go for a run at least 3 times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. While I try to run on different routes, I frequently run the Glacial Drumlin Trail, which isn’t too far from where I live. The biggest perk to running outside is enjoying nature and the different weather I encounter each day. No days are the same, and it’s a time to engage God and pray to Him during that time. Another perk is encountering live creatures. I get to see birds, chipmunks, deer, and turkeys, among many others.

When I encounter these animals on the run, I try to slow down and do my best to keep my distance. Almost all the time, these lovely creatures will run away from me (whew!). This morning, about one mile into the run, I saw a pair of ducks just right next to the paved trail on the grassy area. Obviously, it was a male and a female, and right beside them was a water puddle. I was getting closer to these ducks, and I thought surely these ducks will run away. But they stayed still and they didn’t even budge an inch. I passed them and they didn’t move at all! I thought that was odd. I didn’t see any chicks around them, so I assumed they must be protecting their eggs. If my assumptions are true, then this pair of ducks were protecting their eggs at all costs, even when this human being was passing by them.

That is what our Father in Heaven is like. He will do everything to protect us, nurture us, and grow us to be safe. Despite the challenges we have in our life, I pray that we will stay faithful to Him and trust Him because we know that He is our Father who loves us so much.


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