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Today of all days I should not be writing an article. Everything is falling apart. The sun seems to have hidden itself. My eyes are clouded with tears.
Things aren’t going well for me lately. It’s hard to believe a solution is possible. To add to this, the nation I live in is under attack. The future feels hazy and unpredictable.
As these things pervade my mind today, I begin moping around the house. With my head down I walk past my son’s room. That’s when I hear a familiar sound. My son’s bird is happily whistling. I walk into the room and immediately he starts singing, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” In an instant my heart melts.
I pick up Casper, who is a beautiful all-white cockatiel, and take him into the living room with me. Right away he starts singing as he walks over to my feet. You see, Casper has a habit most people would find strange. Even the veterinarian thinks it’s unusual. Casper’s weird habit is that he adores feet! The moment he sees my feet, he rushes over and begins spreading his wings over them. He hovers gently and methodically as he sings, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” Next, he kisses my feet and rubs his soft head on them. After a minute or two, he paces back and forth as if guarding my feet from approaching enemies. Then it’s back to hovering over my feet with his wings, while he sings.
Today, as I watch this unfold, I begin to cry because I realize Casper’s actions are a reminder of something that supersedes and overcomes all the problems in my life and nation right now. Psalm 91 immediately comes to mind, especially the verse that says, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.” Like Casper’s wings that hover over my feet, I am suddenly reminded that Jesus has all my problems under HIS FEET. Jesus offers comfort to me in my darkest hour. As Zephaniah 3:17 says, “he will rejoice over me with singing.” Jesus guards my heart and life. He takes me under his wings and gives me shelter, much like a bird does for its babies.
But there’s even more to this and it’s seen in the garment that Jesus would have worn during his time on earth. All Jewish males were commanded to wear a prayer shawl, known as a tallit (Numbers 15:37-41). This rectangular shawl would have laid on the shoulders of Jesus. There are four corners to the tallit which are called wings. Hanging from the wings are fringes called tzitzit. The tzitzit are knotted and twisted in a special way to symbolize God’s commandments.
The tallit becomes a secret shelter for the person wearing it when they place it over their head. The sides and wings of the shawl become walls of protection around the wearer. Another name for the tallit is “little tabernacle.” It is under this little tabernacle with wings that one dwells with God and takes refuge through prayer. Psalm 91 tells us that, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” It is under the shadow of the tallit’s wings that one finds rest. Jesus is the living embodiment of the tallit and his wings surround us with deliverance.
During a Jewish wedding, the groom will cover the bride with his prayer shawl (tallit). This is a reminder that she is under his wings and protection. It’s also a reminder that they will dwell under the commandments of God. In addition, the wedding canopy (chuppah) will often be covered by a large tallit, symbolizing this same concept. The couple is married under this canopy which symbolizes their union with God and his sovereignty over their marriage.
As believers we are the Bride of Christ. Because of this, we too are under the protection of our Groom’s wings. When we are troubled, we must take refuge in Him. We don’t need to have a tallit to do this, but it’s a beautiful reminder of His love and protection.
Jesus most certainly wore a tallit, and it’s referenced beautifully in the story of the woman who had a bleeding condition that persisted for 12 years. This woman had sought many treatments, but to no avail. In fact, the condition grew worse. Her last hope was Jesus.
Even though Jewish law declared she was unclean due to her bleeding issue (Leviticus 15:25-27), she reached out for Jesus’ cloak, which would have been his tallit. The key to understanding this lies in Matthew 9:20-22 when it says, “Just then a woman, who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the hem of his garment.”
This word translated as “hem” is actually referring to the fringes of his tallit. These fringes (tzitzit) would have hung from each corner (wing) of Jesus’ garment. The woman simply reached for one of these fringes/tassels. Immediately Jesus felt power leaving him. This is amazing when you consider this verse from Malachi 4:2, NLT which says, “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.”
Though things are difficult right now, there is healing in HIS WINGS. Like the woman with the bleeding issue, we just have to reach out. The fringes of the tallit represent the Word of God. The wings represent taking refuge in Him through prayer and worship. We need all these things to receive healing in our lives and nation. Like Exodus 19:4 says, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”
God cared for the nation of Israel like an eagle cares for her babies as seen in Deuteronomy 32:10-11 (NIV).
“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.”
God guarded the nation of Israel like a mother eagle. He hovered over them. The word for hovered used in the scripture is the Hebrew verb rachaph (Strong’s 7363). This word can also mean flutter. It is used twice in reference to God. The other place is in Genesis 1:2 which describes the spirit of God moving across the waters and hovering over the deep.
When Casper hovers over my feet I am reminded that God does the same thing for our nation. He stands guard over our land and people. By the way, do you know what Casper does if I try to touch him when he’s guarding my feet? He swiftly charges forward and moves in with a swift bite! Imagine how God feels when the enemy touches the apple of his eye!
God can use his creation to remind us of his promises. He used my son’s pet bird to bring new life into my spirit. Suddenly everything wasn’t falling apart. My heart was filled with joy. But most importantly, the sun was shining– or should I say, the SON was shining. The next time you feel like the wind has been knocked out of you, let Him be the wind beneath your wings.
I’ll leave you with one last thing– a picture of Casper’s wings–do you notice how they are shaped like a heart? I also included a picture of Casper with my prayer shawl (tallit).
Angela Rodriguez. 67owls.com. 100trumpets.com (Photo Credit: Unsplash.)
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BUT GOD!!! Beautiful illustration of God’s love and protection for His people. I love it when He speaks to us through the everyday things in life. He is such a Good, Good, Father, so faithful…and He really can be trusted when the hurricane is swirling all around us…we can be safe in the eye of the storm where it is completely calm …because our eyes are on Jesus and we are choosing to rest in Him…no matter what’s going on around us. What a faithful God!! Thanks for sharing Your encouraging testimony!! God’s continued blessing on you and you family and all the Saints of God…and Casper too!!!
Simply beautiful and hopeful. Thank you for your sharing and the photos of your son’s bird. It helps me to keep my eyes on Jesus and not the world around me.
Thank you for your prayers. GCG
Thank you for that beautiful reminder of God’s care for each of His children! I’m sure we are all encouraged!
I appreciated your word of encouragement. I am thankful that God shares so many wonderful people and creatures with us!!! May the Lord keep you, your family, you home, and Casper surrounded with His wall of fire, and may He always be the glory that lives in Your midst!!!!
This article was uplifting and gave me hope. It was also informative as I was not aware
of the prayer shawl; especially in the marriage ceremony. What a wonderful gift to have
a sign of the declaration of your spouse’s protection. Thank you.
So glad you enjoyed it! There are so many symbolic connections to Jesus being our Groom and protector. Thanks for reading!
Thank you so much Angela for sharing this uplifting message to remind us that Jesus loves and cares for us, and how He used little Casper to show you this personally. Six years ago a dear sister in Christ encouraged me to read Psalms 91 when I was taking treatments for cancer. God used it for encouragement and strength then, and He is still using it today. Thank you again, and God Bless you.
What beautiful encouragement, Angela. Thank you for sharing this amazing picture and reminder of God’s love and prayer. Lord let Your favor fall mightily on Your servant, Angela.
Thank you so much for this article…exactly perfect for me today!
Such a blessing. Thank you Jesus.
Very encouraging article. Thank you.
VERY NICE ARTICLE. WE NEED TO PRAY AND PRAY FOR GOD’S PROTECTION AND GUIDANCE.
Thank you for this beautiful, uplifting message so full of insight and encouragement, Angela. And I do love how God teaches us so much though His Creation and His sweet gentle creatures.
So beautiful and encouraging! I wasn’t able to read the whole thing right now; will go back to it and take time with it.
Angela, would you please share why you chose to name your bird Casper? 🙂
Hi Karen. I chose the name Casper because my favorite book is The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom. In the book, Corrie’s father Casper has a hiding place built in his home to hide Jewish people from the Nazis during World War 2. He did this at great personal risk to himself and his entire family. Casper is quoted as saying, “I would consider it an honor to give my life for God’s Chosen People.” That quote always struck a chord with me and I have great respect for him. Birds always remind me of Psalm 91 because of their wings. To me the wings are the “hiding place,” that Psalm 91 describes. Jesus is our hiding place and his wings are where we take refuge. Casper ten Boom hid the Jewish people from danger. Jesus hides us from “danger” as well. The name Casper always reminds me of the book and that the real hiding place is Jesus.
What a blessing to you and to all who have the pleasure of reading it, it brought me from the pit of despair to
the knowledge that I am fully covered. Psalm 91:2 I will say of the of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Thank you again
Thank you so much for that beautiful and uplifting and encouraging article. God is so gracious to speak to us in so many ways if we have eyes to see. I also noticed how beautifully white Casper’s body is. God bless and keep you. Bobbie
Thank you so much for reading! Yes, I love his beautiful white feathers. It makes me think of the Bride of Christ dressed in white. God bless you!
This really warmed my heart! I love your illustration using Casper. We are safe in the shadow of his wings! Just the reminder I needed to hear. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to us, your mercy, and lovingkindness, and protection.
how much for the bird?
Lol. He is definitely priceless.
Thank you, so insightful and timely. How our Sovereign God and loving Heavenly Father cares for us, in times when we feel, and don’t feel. In times when we see, and don’t see. He is my Lord and great lover, sustainer and healer. To Him be the glory.
Wow Angela. Thank you so much for sharing this article of encouragement. Years ago our family had a cockatiel and he used to perch on my husband’s shoulder like a parrot. I love the connection with the tallit and enjoyed seeing the photo with your Chanukah menorah. Understanding and embracing the Jewish roots of our Christian faith is something that our Lord Jesus wants for His church. He is rebuilding His Body to become His Bride in this season.
I just love how the menorah points to Jesus also. I guess that’s a whole article of it’s own for a future date. Thank you for reading!
Thank you for this beautiful vision of today that relates to Biblical images. This really helped me understand even just a few words and truly appreciate gained a better understanding of God’s Word.
Thank you I needed that. As I retreat to psalms when I need encouragement, so I read this. A psalm of a hearts cry and the response of our Saviour
Thank you Angela for your beautiful word picture of Casper and the prayer shawl. I will be meditating on the words God gave you through His instruments of love going forth.
I continue to “battle” in my spirit, the recent events that have taken place in the USA. I preach to myself daily, the Holy Scriptures God has given to me. I will add this revelation to my sermons.
I lean into the Rock of my salvation with His treasured words of life.
Here are just two.
Oh my soul, why are you downcast? Hope thou in the Lord, for I will yet have plenty of reason to praise Him!! He is Lord of all!
Every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Thank You Jesus for Your saints on IFA. What a precious gift of Your love to me. Thank You!!!
In the Name of Jesus,
So so beautiful! As one who has not had the love, protection and being valued by my husband I have a greater intimacy with my Father God who covers me with His wings. Loneliness and isolation have been unwanted companions over many years. We are under lockdown here in Ontario Canada. We can go out onlyfor essentials and exercise. People keep their distance and wear masks outside. But years of being alone in this marriage has given me a deeper richer prayer life. The Word is illuminated as I read it in these perilous times. Thank you for reminding me of God’s love and protection regardless of what is happening in the world.
Sharron, I can totally relate to the loneliness you have felt for so long. Was married to a man for 30 yrs. who decided that he didn’t want a Christian wife. Leave your God & you can have me was his remark. Inside I was saying where shall I go Lord, you are the only one with words of life! Needless to say, he did leave for another woman;it had been that way for 30 yrs.
Falling in love with God was what kept me in comfort while I continued to serve Him & share with others who the Lover of my soul was & is.
The Lord reminded me that His own did not accept Him so that gives me strength to keep going. Wanting to be more like Him, walking in love sets one up on the wall to be a warrior who loves like Him.
I want to share with you something that the Lord gave me:
Take my hand as we go on a journey together. Excitement is in the air as you drink deeply of my Spirit. The road is narrow but you don’t feel confined for there is much freedom. Jewel are along the way and glistening sunlight lights your path with the Son of Righteousness. Purify your heart with the blood of the Lamb. Bind your spirit and will to Him.
Heaviness is around but you are not engulfed by it for you are a sojourner and this world is not your home; you are just traveling through. Freedom is in not having the weight of this world tie you down.
Come my beloved; come in faith, seeing only in the Spirit as He wells up within you. Liberty is at hand, just reach out, it’s yours for the claiming. I call my bride to come out of all this world offers, come in righteousness, in love, and forgiveness.
Blessings, it will be worth it all when we see Jesus!!!
Thanks so much Mary I spent time at Lake Ontario today with the sun glistening on the water. Your note means so much to me. Bless you my dear sister. Love Sharron
Sharron, thank you for your message. Just wanted you to know that you are not alone that many women understand what you are going through. God loves women with a respect that only He can give. When we look into His eyes of flowing love we will know we are home! Blessings, my friend.
I will be praying for you to stay under Jesus’ wings. I will also pray for Jesus to speak to you through daily reminders that illustrate his great love for you. Keep interceding for your husband each day no matter what. I love Ezekiel 36:26- “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Wonderful reminder thru God’s creation speaking words of comfort and reassurance of His continuing presence!
I was so blessed reading this article. It is always such a great reminder of how our Loving Heavenly Father knows such how to speak into our need, and since He is so creative, there are so many ways that He choses to encourage His children. Praise be to our Lord and Savior!!
Blessings to you, AngelaThank you, for your encouraging & informative article. It was truly an encouragement as I also have had several challenges come my way. I appreciate that God used your article to impart some needed & desired insight regarding Hebrew, that I had been asking Him about.
Everyone, if you haven’t done it already, check out the link at the bottom of the article – 100trumpets.com
God bless You for sharing.
Thank you, thank you for sharing this beautiful word and teaching. While I have been in intercession for this nation and government, I have not been on this site for a while because I cannot bear to look at anything political….I have not watched the news since the election nor do I read any conservative news online – I have just discovered Dutch Sheets GH15 and read it every morning after my Bible. And while I’ve not been anxious or worried, last night I asked the Lord for encouragement today – and this was it! What a sweet reminder of our Lord’s tender care!! Thank you, again, dear sister. God’s Blessings to all my IFA family!
Thank you. I sooo needed this today. My heart is broken for the plight of our nation. I like J. Rich’s song, “Earth to God, come in.” I fear for the future for my grandsons who are in their early twenties.
Again, thank you.
Thank you so much for reading. Praying for comfort and rest under the wings of Jesus for both you and your family. God bless you!
Angela, thank you! You really blessed me this morning. God has not forsaken us. He loves us so much! I have been burdened for this nation for a long time and praying for God to move in this land. Our trials are many but His blessings are greater. Reading this brought so much joy to my heart. Just this morning, I was praying for God to bring righteous men forward to reveal the truth about what is happening in secret places in our nation. I turned on the computer and there was Mike Lindell speaking the truth! My faith tells me a miracle is about to happen in America. All I want to do is praise God from whom all blessings flow.
I so needed this today.
If, we, as a Nation will have faith and abide under the shadow of His wings we will prevail. I pray this in Jesus name.
Thanks for Studying very Inspiring Subjects through this.
I am much proud of being part of World challenges mission.
Then we can pray, pray, pray !!!! He is able !!
Oh, how this beautiful story of this little bird lifted my soul! Our God is an Awesome God and reigns from Heaven above. With wisdom, power, and love, our God is an AWESOME GOD!! He is working to uncover the unrighteousness in our great nation and HE will be glorified! This nation belongs to our God! I declare, America Will Be Saved!! Praise be to God.
So beautiful so encouraging Thankyou Angela
Yes HE bids us to abide under the shadow of his wings, gathering us too HIM as a chicken gathers her chicks under her wing. Our safe secret place where HE calls us aside to rest awhile Amen Thankyou JESHUA
Beautiful! Thank you!
This past Tuesday, I left my house early to go to our morning Bible study. When I walked out of the door, I was met with a warm sun, NONE of our usual wind…it was calm and beautiful!! On the thirty minute drive into town I was so lifted up that it felt like things were back to normal…no covid, no election rhetoric, no worries, at least for a time. I realized how heavy laden I have been and quite full of sorrow. It has become so normal for me that when NORMAL popped up, it was a real eye opener. Now I could have pounded myself for not relying on God, but it would not be true. I love God and trust him completely. And I can feel sorrow at the same time, for understanding that there is evil, it has to have it’s time, and that is hard to watch. I also know what is in store for the evil ones who do not yield themselves to Jesus. But God gave me a gift of relief from that sorrow for a morning this week and for that I am grateful. It is also very good to have a teaching to remind us of the bigger picture, a more complete picture of God’s plan and realize again that HE has a plan that is unfolding and we are a part of it. Thank you Angela !
Thank you. Angela.
The God’s Spirit finds us where we are. His wonders and mercies are new each day if we choose to rest in him.
Father in you precious son Jesus’s Name I ask this refreshing peace for all God’s children, especially those wearied or worried, For each new day you have another task for us to walk into and through. And Father those who have not yet come to trust in Jesus your saving grace May they be surrounded by his love and come to know him.
Blessed Lord. May your Glory be known throughout all creation. Amen
That was so beautiful!!!!! What an encouragement for us all today……being reminded HE shelters us beneath HIS wings!
This blesses my heart with much needed Peace. Thank you.
A wonderful visual. I appreciate knowing more too about Hebrew customs. Thank you for this article.
I am so worried about the evils in power today and whether or not God will allow them to reign, even though I believe in His word and promises and that His will be done. Still, I worry and pray. Your article made me feel more hopeful and not alone in this concern for our country. I love that Casper is there for you and his gentle reminder that Jesus is there for us all. Many Thanks and blessings to you for sharing…
My Dear Sister – Please read Psalm 37 and 64, the Lord has sustained me with those words during all of this. He keeps saying to me, don’t be afraid and hold on. We are a nation within a nation like Israel in Egypt. Listen to praise and worship music – He dwells in the praise of His people (Psalm 22) – I am listening to Jerusalem Arise and Ron Kenoly. Also, reading The Harbinger 2 by Jonathan Cahn has given me a better understanding of why things are the way they are right now. Hold on, beloved – He hears our prayers and He is not finished with America.
Praying that peace will fill your heart as you take refuge under His wings. Thank you so much for reading and may God bless you and your family!
Thank You – I needed this today!
My heart so needed these words of encouragement.
Thank you Angela.
Absolutely beautiful and just what I needed to hear this morning. Praise God! Thank you for sharing your beautiful, unique bird. A gift from God.
Excellent ! Really got me thinking !
Loved this! It was an essential reminder of God’s protection and provision…particularly for God’s weary intercessors.Thank you!
What a beautiful story and an encouragement to me. It helps to hear the authenticity of what it means to have “faith”, sometimes I feel alone and allow the enemy of my soul to speak lies to me that my hope is in vain and depression can settle in. I love that God used a bird to bring His peace and assurance to you in your moment of need and that you in turn shared His Truth with your fellow sojourner s. I love the impact that IFA has on those who have found this ministry, especially me🙌🙌. Sometimes we just want to hide and hurt but God tells us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us, I am prone to isolation so THANK YOU for sharing what God has laid on your heart. It spoke volumes to me and I am sure to everyone who will read it.
Angela this is Beautiful, profound and articulate. Holy Spirit anointed.
Loved this!!! So encouraging I wish every Christian could read this.
Thank you for sharing this experience. The history of the tallit and it’s four corners, each with the tzizit was beautiful..
It is amazing how our Lord can take everyday situations and turn them into gentle reminders of who He is and who we are in Him.
This is so encouraging, thank you. I know God uses his creatures to care for us, comfort us and show us how to love without condition. I was crying after watching the abortion video in one of your articles this am then read this. We must stay encouraged, stay in the light, away from social media, turning to sources such as IFA . Casper reminds us of the purity of Gods love and protection
I loved this!!!!!
Thank you for sharing these words of encouragement from God! My soul is heavy with burdens, but Jesus said for us to cast ALL our cares upon Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
This article Blessed me today, and I pray God richly blessed you too! Thank you.
Thank you. I needed to hear this today.
Hit home. Feeling very sad and praying for our country. God has his wind open wide over American and we Christians
Praise my Savior Jesus
Thank you for a lovely word of encouragement. Timing is God perfect – as always!
Those who refresh others will they themselves be refreshed! I pray the Lord showers you with refreshment today. For His Glory.
Lovely. God shelters me. He holds my hand and my heart. I too needed encouragement today. Thank you!
Baruch HaShem! Lovely, solid word study. Encouraging!
What a beautiful story to remind me of God’s faithfulness to us in the good times and in the bad times. I can say ditto to Angela’s statement that things are not going well these days. I just catch myself repeating “I am so depressed”. As I read this article I am reminded that our Lord delights in us and we can run to Him anytime for refuge from the storms that are going on all around us. I have this scripture verse from Psalm 91:4 on the wall in my home and this article has given new life to it this morning. Angela, that you for the beautiful article.
I am praying for Jennifer and asking God to work a miracle for her and her 6 children.
Many blessings as we continue walking by faith and not by sight!
I am so glad this brought you comfort. I will give Casper a little hug from you. Praying you will stay uplifted and that the Lord will encourage you in the days ahead.
Thank you for this excellent encouragement and teaching! ❤
Oh Angela, thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us. I love how God uses His creatures to remind us of His truths. He has done this so many times with my dog that I could fill a book. God bless you.
Thank you for this reminder, me and my 6 adopted children facing home eviction, we are going to expierance Jesus provisions and protection today
Thank you Lord, for your protection under your wings for Jennifer and her family today.
Lord, I pray in Jesus Name that you meet Jennifer’s needs. Put you arms around her and assure her with your love that you will provide and bless her and her children. You are a Good Father and she can trust you with all her heart.
Jennifer – is there some way that we can help you? I will pray but would also like to provide some assistance for you and your family.
I live in South Africa,l dont know how you would help us
Then we can pray, pray, pray !!!! He is able !!
Jennifer! I pray for supernatural protection over you and your family and I also pray for supernatural intervention into your situation. In the Name of Jesus!! Remember, Jesus is our source and he OWNS everything and supplies our every need. We just need go ASK!
Eviction was moved from Friday 5 February to tomorrow 8 February, appreciate your prayer support, we continue to believe and expect Jesus provisions