I am not sure what this stork is doing up in the middle of the night. It certainly is not normal. I am not sure what I am doing up in the middle of the night. Thankfully, it is not normal for me either. New mothers especially can be prone to insomnia. Listening for that newborn’s cry can make one’s own sleep illusive. Perhaps this is what the image of the stork represents, awake in the light of the moon. A new mother is a focused and watchful mother, heeding every whimper and cry.
Our verse for today reassures us of the watchful care of our Heavenly Father. He is awake and vigilant at all times, needing no sleep. His care is constant and we never have to wonder if He is aware. Nothing gets past Him. He is never inattentive to the needs of His children. This short psalm of eight verses reaffirms five times that He watches over us. He keeps us from harm and watches over our comings and goings.
Being aware of His care and watchfulness gives me a real sense of peace throughout my day. He is the Source of my help (verse 1) and He runs to me at my first feeble cry. Like a new mother, He is listening for my cry for help. But unlike a new mother, He is the Maker of heaven and earth with all the power to help and protect me. I can trust that care and entrust to Him my very life.
Lord, thank you for Your watchful care. I am amazed that You love me that much!