Under His Wing: What Swans Teach Us About God
The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook when I stopped at a video someone had shared. It showed a large, white swan, floating atop a pond in the sunshine. At first, nothing about this video was particularly interesting, but then the swan lifted its wing. Underneath were eight baby swans sitting atop their mother’s back. Had the swan not lifted her feathered wing, the casual observer would never have known her little ones were tucked away safe in her protection.
Immediately I recalled the words of the Psalmist, “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler,” (Psalm 91:4).
Though I’d read this psalm many times before, I’d never quite been able to visualize it. I knew from context that being under a wing signified some kind of protection. Yet, through this imagery of a mamma swan with her hidden cygnets, God has demonstrated the very way in which he cares for us. Just as these baby birds are the offspring of the swan, so too are we God’s children for whom he cares deeply. Though we are surrounded by threatening waters and we aren’t very good swimmers, our loving father places us on his strong back and folds his wings of protection over us. He does not leave us alone in the waters, but passes through them with us and keeps us afloat in their midst.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you,” (Isaiah 43:2).
No matter the waters through which you are currently passing, take heart, child of God! You are under his mighty wing. Nothing can touch you that he does not allow, and he only allows that which is for your good and his glory.
Bonus: I’ve been listening to this song and visualizing being under the Lord’s wing of protection. Feel free to give it a listen!
About the Author
Jo Wilbur is a Communications Specialist at TCS and proud JMU grad who loves writing, shopping, and making new friends. She and her husband live in Purcellville and spend time together cooking plant-based meals, singing worship songs, and volunteering as Young Life leaders in their community.