Now, this is where the mom with the 21 babies comes into the picture. She starts clucking, calling the lost chick and guides into her ever-growing flock. She takes it under her wing and begins to guide it on the journey of life teaching it to feed and fend and for itself. Her chicks are of all brands, some speckled, some yellow, some brown, some blues, some reds.. It doesn't matter to her she adopts them and loves them all just the same. She holds her head high and struts across the yard with her family following in her footsteps. When a hawk swoops down you can see that mother hen defend her babies. She is willing to sacrifice her own life to save those babies, even the adopted ones. When the hawk departs the babies rest peacefully under her wings.
If chickens could think as humans, do you think the baby chicks realize how blessed they are to have someone to take them under their wing, watch over them, and care for them with a love so great that they are willing to put their own life on the line to save them? I don't know, but I do know the baby chicks are happy just to follow after their mama from day to day.
In Matthew Jesus speaks of the deep longing God has to gather us under His wing and protect us, but we sometime won't allow Him to do so. God wants to adopt us all. He is calling us to join His flock, so He can guide us through this life. He doesn't care what brand we are. He will take us and brand us as part of His family. It doesn't matter who abandoned us, He will accept us. If we feel lost and forgotten, He will be our safe fortress. He proudly watches over us and feeds us every day.
We should each realize how blessed we are. We have a Father who loves us so much He was willing to sacrifice His very life to save us. We should be proud and happy to have the opportunity to follow in His steps from day to day.