My youngest daughter and I lay on a picnic blanket in the garden enjoying the winter sun. We ate fruit, tickled, wrestled and played the airplane game where I sit her on my legs and lift her high into the sky. Eventually we lay exhausted staring up at the sky through the leaves.
I noticed that even though it was the middle of winter the sun was starting to have that burning feel to it, and so I turned on my side to make sure that my daughter was in my shade. I smiled into her eyes as she looked at me, and remembered the verse in the Psalms:
Psalm 17 vs 8
“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings”
I am so thankful that God is my Father and that He keeps me protected in His shade.