Day 11

Safe in the Arms of Jesus

from the Hymns of Hope reading plan

Isaiah 41:8-10, Psalm 46:1-11, Matthew 23:37-39, Mark 10:13-16

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 41:8-10, Psalm 46:1-11, Matthew 23:37-39, Mark 10:13-16

I once heard a story of a momma hen found in the rubble of a burned down chicken coop. The hen didn’t survive the fire, but tucked up under her breast, the farmer found her brood of tiny chicks, safely sheltered by their momma’s wings.

This tender image has stayed with me over the years. I think of it when I drop my children off at school and a familiar pang of fear strikes my chest. It comes to mind when I watch the news in horror. I’m reminded of it when a devastating medical diagnosis hits too close to home, and I can no longer deny that we are broken people living in broken bodies in a broken world.

Our bodies are broken, resulting in sickness that ranges from inconvenient to terminal. Our hearts are broken, leaving us hurting and hungry for relief. Our culture is broken and no political system can fix the chasm. We don’t have to look far to realize all over again, that there is much to fear. No amount of nail biting or floor pacing can change that.  

When the world around me feels ablaze, I’m so grateful the Word reminds me that I am tucked safely under the wings of my Savior; there is room for everyone I love to find shelter here too. And we can stake a claim and raise a banner over these bedrock truths found in His Word:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
– Psalm 46:1,7

We see suffering and beg God to be with those who are hurting. But lean in and listen closely: Every page of His Word declares, “I’m already right here!” We don’t have the promise that our fears are unfounded or that suffering won’t come, but the safest space we can run to is the presence of Jesus. He wants to gather us like a hen gathers her brood (Matthew 23:37), to tuck us in and shelter us as the storm of sin passes over this dying world.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
safe on His gentle breast,
there by His love o’ershaded,
sweetly my soul shall rest.

Fanny Crosby, the author of this hymn, surely knew a thing or two about fear and suffering. Blind since infancy, she must have faced more than her fair share of fiery trials. And yet, in addition to penning more than 5,000 hymns declaring the sufficiency of God, she is known to have uttered these faith-filled words:

“Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?…  Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”

Fanny spent her life in the dark, but never alone. In this life she was tucked under the wings of her Savior, knowing that in the next all fear and hurt would fade away. Oh, we are safe in the arms of Jesus, friends. Safe on His gentle breast. In His presence we’re overshadowed by love. So sweetly, our souls can rest.  


Safe in the Arms of Jesus
Text: Fanny Crosby, 1868

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
safe on His gentle breast,
there by His love o’ershaded,
sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels
borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory,
over the jasper sea.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
safe on His gentle breast,
there by His love o’ershaded,
sweetly my soul shall rest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
safe from corroding care,
safe from the world’s temptations,
sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
free from my doubts and fears;
only a few more trials,
only a few more tears!    Refrain

Jesus, my heart’s dear refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
firm on the Rock of Ages,
ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
wait till the night is o’er;
wait till I see the morning
break on the golden shore.    Refrain


Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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80 thoughts on "Safe in the Arms of Jesus"

  1. Denille Dillabough says:

    Thank you for sharing Jesus with others. It’s my prayer that people will be saved and find the peace that only comes with a personal relationship with Him.

  2. Kristy says:

    I was a day late to reading this one — and I feel like it was part of God’s plan. I am 23 weeks pregnant with my second child, and while my first pregnancy was a breeze and I have a wonderful 20 month old boy, this one has been more challenging. These challenges threaten the safety of my unborn baby girl and myself. I have been off work since June and just learned today that my medical leave pay will take an additional 2 weeks to hit our bank account. It is terrifying enough to learn that your child could be in danger. The added stress of not having nearly 2/3 of our income does not make it easier.

    However, there is a light. His name is Jesus and He has been my foundation these last several weeks. At first, I cried. My husband held me trying to hold back his own tears. I researched all the medical terms the doctor had said. I did the calculations on our savings account over and over to see how long we would make it. It had been a few weeks since we’d been to church. Almost as long since I’d cracked my Bible…citing “life” as my reason for not making Him a priority. Then I stopped to slow things down and think. The answer was right there. I fell into prayer and studying my Bible and listening to praise music.

    I still worry sometimes. But God keeps reminding me that He “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He’s got this.

    1. Debbie L says:

      “For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
      Do not fear the present nor the future, Kristy. I, too, had a difficult pregnancy with our 2nd child, as well as struggling financially during that time. But God is faithful to keep His Promises, and He met every single one of our needs. That was 29 yrs ago. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Put Your trust in Him. He’s got this!

  3. Jeanna McSweeney says:

    All of this is so precious. Fanny is such a beautiful woman of the Lord♥️. And I love the momma chicken protecting her chicks from the fire. Oh how this all blesses me!

  4. Peggy Lester says:

    This probably sounds silly, but the story about the hen dying to save her chicks really took my breath away tonight because I instantly thought of how Christ died to save me. It gave me a new appreciation for being able to say I am safe in the shadow of His wings. This literally brings tears to my eyes.

  5. Kaitlyn says:

    I loved reading this combination of verses that serves as an amazing reminder our God is always with us, every second of every day. Hallelujah!

  6. CJ says:

    Friends – please pray for the Pitts family today. Wynter Pitts was a contributor on SRT and very unexpectedly went to be with the Lord recently. <3 This passage seems timely.

    1. Dorothy says:

      I will be praying for the family. They will have many good memories to celebrate I’m sure.

  7. Dorothy says:

    The words “free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears; only a few more trails, only a few more tears!” I can so relate to in my 59 years of life. Learning difficulties that my dad at first couldn’t except (my brothers and sister made “A” and “B”), to divorce after 11 years of marriage, to losing one son right after he turned 18, to the other using pot and drugs briefly, I have been through many trails and many tears but he was there for me. My faith has carried me through it all. My Lord will continue to carry me through as long as I let Him, I just need to let Him, which at times is hard for me to do. Blessed be the Lord.

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