This beautiful setting along the Hudson River is on the lovely grounds of Boscobel. Here, the view of the Appalachian Mountains, Hudson River, and Constitution Marsh is nature at its best. This marsh area is a protective habitat for the many birds and fish that frequent its boundaries.
In what ways can an organization protect species? They can conduct education programs, study breeding songbirds, manage invasive species that might harm the lives of fish and birds, and they can initiate wetlands restoration efforts. Life is fragile, valuable, and important, and often there are many dangers that threaten it. Therefore, protection is needed to preserve it.
“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.” Psalm 5:11.
The fish of the river and the birds of the sky are not the only ones who need protection. I need it too. Many dangers surround my life. Some I am aware of; some, I am not. Disease, accidents, cruel treatment, my own “flesh,” temptation from the enemy, sin: these and more are common to our “habitat” – this world.
There are times when these threats seem overwhelming. It is only by the protection of my God that I am able to traverse this journey called “life.” He does this for me, and He does this for you. God is intricately involved in the lives of His children by preserving us, keeping us by His power, and being a wall of fire around us.
So how must I respond to this great provision from God? According to David, I should be filled with joy! I rejoice inwardly, by having an attitude of thankfulness and joy. And I rejoice outwardly, by testifying to others of His graciousness.
Is that how I live? Do I find myself tending to rejoice or tending to complain? Lord, help me live in gratefulness to You for Your protection.