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On last week’s “Let’s Have Coffee” post, I shared about a lesson some turkeys brought to mind. You can read those thoughts HERE. One of the interesting facts I discovered is that the term which is used for a group of turkeys is “rafter”.

The term stemmed from the way turkeys could often be found in the rafters of barns. They would seek those beams to keep themselves safe from predators since they are not very fast, nor able to fly very well.

So what are we to learn from these turkeys and sitting in the rafters?

  1. We have been set on high. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name” (Psalm 91:14, NASB).
  2. There is a place of acceptance. “But God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6, NASB). We have been accepted and already have a seat at His table.
  3. We have a shelter, a refuge, and protection. “There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat of day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain” (Isaiah 4:6, NASB). God promises protection from enemies and harm. The storms of life may rage against us, but He will be our shelter and protection.

As I continued to watch these turkeys, perched high in the trees, and there were fourteen of them at one point, I was reminded:

“He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battles, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation. And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness has makes me great, You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.” (Psalm 18:33-36, NASB)

These high places with Christ are learned day by day, as we traverse each circumstance which comes our way. It takes acceptance of His will, whether His will means joys or sorrows.

“Every acceptance of His will becomes an altar of sacrifice, and every such surrender and abandonment of ourselves to His will is a means of furthering us on the way to the High Places, to which He desires to bring every child of His while they are still living on earth.

The High Places and the hinds’ feet do not refer to heavenly places after death, but are meant to be the glorious experience of God’s children here and now – if they will follow the path He chooses for them.”

(from Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard, page 12-13)

Every acceptance.
Every surrender.
Meant to be the glorious experience of God’s children here and now.

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