Keep Me Safe

 

 

As I drove home from work today, I was praying fervently for someone I care about very much.

After being home a few moments, I sat down at the table and began to read my Bible, along with a couple of devotional and study help booklets.

God’s word was comforting to me as I read passages that I felt related to my heart’s longing.

I heard a bird singing outside the window.

Deciding that I didn’t need to be distracted from my reading, I chose not to go to the window to look out.

Moments passed, and I was once again aware of a bird singing sweetly and clearly outside.

This time, I decided I would walk to the window and carefully peer through the blinds into the back yard.

Though I couldn’t find the bird, my eyes were immediately drawn to the rosebush my husband had purchased for me years ago.

Delicately pink roses had burst forth on the bush, covering it with color.

Taking my camera with me, I made my way to the fence and looked at all the blooms.

Beautiful and tender, they brought a certain happiness to my heart.

I was now calmer than on the ride home.

One of the verses I had read at the table spoke of divinely gifted peace:

Tonight I will sleep securely on a bed of peace
    because I trust You, You alone, O Eternal One, will keep me safe.

—Psalm 4:8

I must trust God and God alone to keep my loved one safe.

God is the only One who can.

With that trust, I will rest with a peace that God has given me.

God blessed me with roses this afternoon…

 

 

 

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Safety

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Today is Thanksgiving.

My family gathered for a meal early in the afternoon.

Later on, as I was walking my dog in the front yard, I was caught by surprise.

I dropped my dog’s leash and ran into the house to get my camera.

Oh, no!! It wasn’t there!

I ran (I really did run) to my car to see if it was there.

Finding it, I furiously began to photograph the FOUR wild turkeys that were sauntering into a neighbor’s yard.

I walked toward them.

They didn’t seem particularly frightened, yet they were aware of my presence.

I photographed all four, at first.

I photographed just one and also two together.

Following them as they entered another neighbor’s yard, I continued snapping.

I live in a subdivision of perhaps 400 homes.

Four turkeys casually walking by on Thanksgiving Day was not something I expected.

Relating this story to someone today, it was suggested that the turkeys were not frightened here and that they felt safe.

I’ve thought about that.

On a day when turkeys that have been killed are sold in great quantities for this holiday celebration, they exhibited no great fear.

When we, as humans, are trusting in God’s protection, we know that He is in control.

Our safety is in His hands.

There is a verse in Proverbs, chapter 21 that speaks about safety.

It reads, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

We can plan our defense in life–insurance policies, job securities, prenuptial agreements.

A locked house, a locked car.

We can even train to physically protect ourselves.

All of these things are good.

But even if our “horse” is ready to take us out to “battle” each day, our safety can only come from God.

If God is protecting us in a situation, we need not fear.

Like those turkeys, we can feel safe—

even on Thanksgiving.

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