We recently had a Bantam hen set on five eggs for us. For a while we kept taking the eggs away until we realized what she was trying to do. So there she sat...for a long time. Until one day, they hatched, all five! She is such a good mother, always protecting them from the other animals. One day the kittens got too close for comfort and off she went. She got the kitten making all the trouble and then continued on to also get the other kitten about 150 feet away, and also the dog, who was so scared he didn't know what happened. Everything was going along great, until the other day when one of them got too close the horses and got stepped on. Now for those of you who don't have a farm, if a little chick gets stepped on by a horse, the chances are zero to none that it will make it. And it didn't.
The reason behind this whole sad story is this: It reminds me of a verse.
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets
and kills those who are sent to her!
How often I wanted to gather your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
BUT YOU WERE NOT WILLING!"
How often does the Lord try to save us from doing disastrous things, and yet we are unwilling to be saved? All He wants to do is gather us under His protective wings, but we balk and want to do things our own way? That poor chick's life could have been saved had he only stayed under the wings.