Look closely at the photo for tiny white spots. See her? Yesterday our granddaughter discovered a newborn fawn in the woods and observed the deer’s first wobbly steps.
This morning she noticed the doe moved her baby closer to the house. Our son’s family observed through a bedroom window as the mother nursed her fawn and then left her alone in the tall, camouflaging grass. The doe’s God-given instinct led her to find a safe place for her baby and feed her.
Our daughter-in-law’s research revealed another part of God’s plan. Mother deer may leave their young alone for hours, probably to avoid predators’ attention. 1 I wonder if, when the doe leaves, she keeps her young in view from afar while the tiny creature remains in a safe place.
This morning as I read a Bible passage, I saw these words about God’s creatures:
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.Hebrews 4:13 ESV, emphasis added
No creature is hidden from God’s sight—not the tiny fawn—and not us.
God knows the newborn animal in our son’s yard—when she was born, how many first steps she took before she slid to the ground, and how many white spots adorn her back.
He knows us, and He sees us. To the false prophets in Jeremiah’s day, God said,
Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth?Jeremiah 23:24 ESV
God not only sees us, but He sees into our hearts.
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.1 Samuel 16:7b ESV
God sees us, and He protects us—even in the storms of life.
When a rainstorm started earlier this afternoon, the little fawn loped under some trees with unsteady legs, then returned to her haven in the grass when the rain slacked—to the spot her mom selected.
The Creator of the deer designed protection for His children. He guides us by His Holy Spirit and His Word to keep us safe from our predator, the evil one, and his schemes. He “hems us in” with His love and protection.
The Creator of the deer designed protection for His children. He guides us by His Holy Spirit and His Word to keep us safe from our predator, the evil one, and his schemes. He “hems us in” with His love and protection. Click To Tweet
Think about the fawn lying in the tall grass and join me in reading this passage:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!Psalm 139:1-6 ESV
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
More family research indicated deer have individualized scent glands between their hooves which help fawns and their mothers locate each other. If Mama has not returned when the fawn is hungry, the little one cries in alarm and Mama comes running. 2 How marvelous are God’s ways.
Our heavenly Father not only sees us and protects us; He hears us.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.Psalm 145:18 ESV
Are you encountering a storm? Do you feel alone or afraid? If so, I hope the picture of the little fawn encourages you and reminds you of God’s care. Do you know someone who needs the encouragement you can share from God’s Word today?
Please share in the comments how God cares for you or someone you know.