This is the passage the Lord led me to read in my quiet time this morning:
God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked? Selah Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked. They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable. I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.” Arise, O God, judge the earth; For You shall inherit all nations.
Psalms 82:1-8 NKJV
As someone who has backyard chickens, I appreciate this analogy. When a hen is broody, she sits on eggs. This broody phase keeps the eggs safe and warm so the chick inside can develop. When the development is complete, the chick breaks its way through the shell. The hen does not help or break the shell away, for it is an important process for the chick to grow strong, but she remains close by. Afterwards, she takes the chick under her wings, again for warmth and protection, and begins to teach the chick how to be a chicken…..where to find water, how to scratch and roost. The chick learns by watching the hen. Now, of course, the chick can be incubated by artificial means and kept under a heat lamp til it has enough feathers to stay warm, but it’s my observation that the chicks raised as God intended tend to look and behave healthier. The same applies for the child of God. In fact, there are a couple of verses that use this hen-chick analogy.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Matthew 23:37 KJV
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Psalms 91:4 KJV
May we trust this brooding process so we can develop and grow strong into the people He created us to be!