|Scripture records that, even in the “waste howling wilderness,” God kept Jacob as the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32:10). Here, David asks that Jacob’s protection be extended to him.
The apple of the eye is the pupil. We are told that the reflex which covers the eye is the quickest reflex in the body. When there’s danger coming toward your face, your eye will close in 1/10,000th of a second. And the speed with which your eyelid closes to protect your eye is the speed with which the Lord protects His children.
An eagle makes a massive nest; eggs are laid; and Ernie eaglet is born. Hatching out of his egg, Ernie enjoys the grand view. Day by day, he grows bigger until one day, Mama Eagle jars the nest and Ernie is knocked out. Squawking and frantically flapping his little wings, Ernie thinks he’s dying as he falls, falls, falls hundreds of feet, headed for certain destruction on the rocks below. But right then, Mama swoops down, catches Ernie on her wings, and puts him back in the nest. No sooner does Ernie calm down than Mama jostles the nest again. Angry and upset, Ernie falls again. And again, right before certain death, Mama is there, bearing him on her wings. The process is repeated until something happens - until instead of being sore, Ernie begins to soar.
“I’m not going to let you hit bottom,” the Lord says to us. “But I will tip your nest from time to time because I want to teach you to fly.”