Finding Refuge Under the Shadow of God’s Wings

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Finding Refuge Under the Shadow of God's Wings by Jamie Rohrbaugh |

Do you feel unsafe, exposed to the world, unprotected, and in need of comfort today? If so, I have an encouraging word for you.

Some time ago, during my quiet time alone with God, the Holy Spirit gave me a mental picture (a vision) of what it looks like to be hidden under the shadow of God’s wings.

This mental picture encouraged me so much. Many times, I have gone back to that picture in my mind and just meditated on it. It’s beautiful, and so I wanted to share this vision with you today. I believe it will encourage you, too, as you pray and ask God to stabilize your emotions.

The vision was based on Psalm 91, verses 1, 2, and 4, which say:

Start-quoteHe who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust'” (Psalm 91:1-2).


Start-quote“He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4).

The vision was this:

I saw a bald eagle. He was sitting in a high place, the king of the skies. He looked all around, sharply, with glittering eyes and keen vision. Nothing escaped his notice, and nothing was too difficult for him to conquer.

I knew the eagle represented my Father God, for He uses an eagle analogy many times in the Bible to describe His own actions.

Then I saw myself crawling under the eagle’s huge, brown wing. He remained seated where he was, but he closed his wing down over me.

It was dark under his wing, and warm, and safe.

No one could see me there. I could feel the warmth of his body and the beat of his heart. I could feel the smooth softness of his feathers. I was completely hidden from the world under the shadow of his wing.

And all the time–even while I hid under his wing–I could see his eyes in my vision. He kept a sharp lookout all around. His golden eyes glittered with awareness, with protectiveness, with knowledge. He was king of all he surveyed, and nothing could by any means harm me. The world could not even see me, for I was sheltered and completely hidden under His wing.

And as soon as God gave me that vision, I felt peace.

The sense of safety I felt under the shadow of God’s wings penetrated my soul. The hiddenness, the quiet, the shelter fed my very spirit.

Under the shadow of God’s wings, everything was ok. No one and nothing could reach me there. My loving Father God kept a perfect watch over me while I hid, safe and secure, under His feathers.

What’s the application to you?

As you’re seeking God, desiring to know Him, and getting closer to Him this year, take refuge under the shadow of God’s wings.

Borrow my vision if you like. That’s okay! Second Corinthians 1:3-4 tells us that when God encourages and comforts us, we can pass on that same comfort to others who are in trouble. So this vision is for you too. Get it in your mind’s eye:

  • Imagine yourself huddled up under that mighty, brown wing.
  • Feel the warmth of His embrace.
  • Feel His heartbeat.
  • See His eyes glitter as He keeps watch over all things that concern you, while all you have to do is hide under the shadow of His wings.

Can you feel the safety of being covered with His feathers? Of finding refuge under His wings, and being protected by His truth and watchcare over you? I know I can.

Beloved, our Daddy God is watching over you continually. He is covering you, and you can always hide under the wings of your Father.

So meditate on this truth. Ponder the words of Psalm 91 deeply in your heart. Imagine yourself snuggled up to Him, nestled safely under His wings where no one can see you or touch you.

You’re safe there, under His feathers. And nothing shall by any means harm you.

Does this vision encourage your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear how God touched you!

About the image: I love worship art. So, after God gave me this vision of hiding under His wings, I painted an eagle surrounded by glory. This is the painting you see above, to the left. It’s an acrylic on canvas, and I called it “Under the Shadow.” The pink paper strips contain all of Psalm 91. Under the Shadow is copyright by me, Jamie Rohrbaugh, 2012. All rights reserved and this art may not be reproduced or copied in any way.


  1. I love this! One time this summer I was meditating on the same passage and picturing this and I sensed the Holy Spirit say “how about a lion instead” and got this awesome picture of a lion protecting me. It was fiercely protective but gentle with me. I got to ride on His back and a playful wrestle landed me tucked safely under a big paw. I picture this lion padding along with me as I run and if I need protection I picture this lion standing guard in front of me.
    I’m very very very new to pictures…I have found lots of comfort from your blog as I have extremely limited connections IRL with people who are aware of what I call “the more” of God!

    1. That’s amazing, ALH! I love that picture of the lion. That would have meant a lot to me too, for sure. Thanks so much for sharing! And thank you for reading my blog. I’m so glad Papa is blessing you. 🙂
      Have a great day!

  2. Rebecca Jones says:

    I do like that idea of being protected like that! I know I have been many times! I like being under that wing nestled into His feathers. And as for the lion, I have had a dream about crossing a bridge over them, I know that was something bad God passed me over, but my mother had one about a beautiful, powerful, lion sitting the middle of her bed, I told her that was Jesus protecting her.

    1. Amen! I think we will probably be shocked when we get to Heaven to learn about the things Daddy God has protected us from. Probably way more than we could ever imagine!

  3. Certainly this word touches me.
    I really was waiting for God’s mighty word. I had been throught difficult times lately. But his word has confort me. Thank you for letting the Lord uses you in this time to bless my heart soul and mind.


    1. Amen, amen, amen. Yasmina, I pray Daddy God would encourage you right now and lift your head despite everything you’ve been through–and that He would RESTORE you double for everything the enemy has stolen from you. In Jesus’ name!

  4. Eva Conner says:

    Thank you so very much for these words. On Sept 23, I read this post at noon during my lunch hour at work. Later that afternoon, I received a call at 3:30 that my mother died of an aneuryism. She died suddenly and quickly. I had a strained relationship with my mother. She loved to cause strife and was very contentious. I started pulling away about a year ago so we haven’t had much communication this past year. She did know that Jesus is our Savior and she accepted Him into her heart. I am at peace with our brokenness and her passing but getting through the funeral the next few days is going to be rough and your words are perfect. I am taking refuge under His wing and I am sharing His love and mercy with all who are near. Thank you, dear sister! I am encouraged when I read your posts and am very thankful that God brought you into my life. Eva

    1. Oh, Eva. I am so, so sorry for your loss–both in the passing of your mother and in the difficult relationship you had with her. My heart goes out to you. I pray our dear Daddy God would comfort you right now and encourage you, and restore to you double for all the pain you have endured. May the peace of God guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus right now, dear sister. I will pray for you.

    2. I’ve been touched by this message. It really lifted me up. I’ve read Psalms 91 many times but the focus you have on the first verse is so profound. I can picture it with my mind’s eye. God bless you

  5. Heidi Mason says:

    Jamie, thank you for sharing your beautiful vision. I’m going to meditate on it when I go upstairs to be alone with Papa. I got here through your “7 Prayers that will stabilize your emotions.” Am taking them to heart and before God.
    You are a blessing. Praying heaven’s blessings rain down all over you! <3 Heidi

    1. Heidi, thank you so much for reading! I’m thrilled to meet you. I pray this vision was an encouragement to you, and that Father God would help you sense His love, presence, and affection today more than ever before. In Jesus’ name!

  6. Shannon Smith says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. My husband and I have battled many things the last two years. Our business failed, our son in law has battled addiction and my youngest child was in a very abusive relationship which resulted in a miscarriage. All along the way, God has tucked us under his wings! I can’t begin to say how I have been blessed by your encouragement. I pray God blesses you beyond your greatest imagination! I praise Him for the Workers in the field! I wanted you to know there are many who have been touched by you and Spirit Fuel! Shalom to you ?

    1. Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for reading! I am so terribly sorry that you and your family have battled those things, and for the home-going of that precious baby. Sister, I pray that Father would manifest Himself to you in new levels of glory this very day, and that He would REWARD you for staying faithful to Him despite the dark times.

      Father, manifest Yourself to my sister and her family as their Fountain of life today, in Jesus’ name! May their cup run over with blessings, and prepare a table before them in the presence of their enemies. In Jesus’ name.

  7. MaryAnn Diorio says:

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder of Abba’s love!

  8. Hi Jamie. I can’t explain how much this verse and your vision, has impacted me. WOW….I’ve always read Ps 91, but now it has a brand new meaning to my life. The past few years have been really challenging and I’ve felt alone and worthless so many times. But, I know my daddy has never stopped watching over me. Thank you so much for sharing this verse. Please continue this excellent work. Lotsa love.

  9. Renee Shaw says:

    Hello, Jamie.
    I have truly enjoyed all the comments on Psalm 91…
    Here is a short testimony of our Father God on how He delivered me from mental illness about 25 yrs ago. I was on a lot of medication and was delivered off of it all in one day by the POWER OF GOD! PRAISE GOD! I would do a lot of meditating on Ps. 91 and Joshua 1- 8… Meditating on God’s word day and night is SURE way to be delivered from the works of the enemy… The Lord told me some years ago that his people were doing more medicating than meditating…God bless you!!! For your great WORK!

  10. Jennifer Dotson says:

    Hello thank you for sharing this I was reading 7 prayers to stabilize my emotions and then I saw this and clicked on it. Can I tell you this morning I felt like I had all I could stand of myself and my husband and how I was just drained and didn’t know what to do about my emotions or how to control them. I felt a sense of hopelessness and I was burning inside from all the pain and mistakes and regret and I know that by your post as I read it I imagined me under His wings all cuddled up to our Amazing GOD and it changed everything as I realize its not about what I do its about Him and its about how Great HE is and I can trust my emotions to Him and He alone can help me and He alone can keep me safe. So I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your vision and for allowing me to use it for my life I now feel the warmth of His feathers and Thank you and GOD bless you and your ministry

  11. My emotions have taken a toll on me lately but reading,feeling and meditating on this amazing message has left me feeling very safe❤️The eagle ? plays a big part in my life and one of my son’s ??To the point that when we see one or many we are in total awe??God brings us hope everytime we see an eagle we are reminded of His greatness and that He is a promise keeper??Miracle maker??Thank you for sharing ??❤️

  12. O. Julias says:

    I just came from worshipping the Lord: Oh, this is the sweetest thing, it is full of heavenly fragrant to my soul, it soothes my spirit. Oh how sweet to be under Father God eyes and to be wrapped in the warmness of His wings. The peace, love, mercy and caring eyes of the Almighty is what I needed at this present moment. I am fill with joy unspeakable.

  13. Hi Jamie, I am new to your site & chanced upon it on Pinterest few days ago. You are such a great blessing to all of us and I learn so much from you. May God bless you abundantly and shine His face upon you, my sister in Christ! Thank you for all your have done! You are truly an inspiration!

  14. Gwynne Nation says:

    This visual is so very comforting as this world continues to get darker. Our Papa’s love is such a comfort as He heals us, restores us and protects us. What an amazing Father that loves us with a everlasting love! I’m so grateful to be His beloved one. ♥️

  15. Thank you Jamie for your heart to help others. Your 7 prayers have blessed me after reading just the 1st prayer.

    Blessings to you Sister

  16. Miranda Swindell says:

    Jamie – I had the same vision from the Lord last Friday. During quiet time I was lying on my left side and his great grey wing covered my body from head to toe giving me protection and peace. I did not know at the time this was the Lord Himself. Two days later in my devotional Psalms 63:6-7 on my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me. Now it’s 6 days since and a completely different devotional source He shows me Psalms 91:1 and 4 whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. The rest of the chapters tell us all the ways He delivers and protects us for Trusting Him. Thank you for sharing your vision. God is so awesome. I trust In Him forever.

  17. Jamie please pray for Hannah an Joe they need their situation swiftly turn around in many things.

  18. Really enjoyed this read. When I c!LIVE closed my eyes l could feel his warmth surrounding me. Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless you.

  19. I just stumbled upon this on Google. Thank you for sharing this. I have run for cover so very many times (under the shelter of my Abba’s wings) You’d think I would learn to stay & snuggle safely under His loving care…have a beautiful season celebrating Jesus!🕊

  20. I really felt emotional tonight and just didnt seem to find a way out. Then I read this post, imagined myself under His wings and felt peace seeping in. Thank you for sharing and also for the beautiful picture of the eagle.

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