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Love’s Safety Net

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Cast all anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

Winters in Maine are beautiful, but unpredictable.

There’s nothing like watching the enormous snowflakes blanket the ground from my living room window, but if I’m outside driving, forget it! My knuckles are whiter than the snowdrifts in no time!

This past week I found myself traveling through an unexpected winter wonderland. Snow blew down to blanket the earth at record speed. God’s paintbrush touched the tall pines, and the snow-streaked landscape became lovelier with each stroke. Admiring the beauty, I felt close to our Creator.

If it hadn’t been so slick, I would’ve pulled over to capture the magnificent grandeur of it all. The gigantic snowflakes had captivated my attention, but so did the car that slid off the road, and those ahead of me that were swerving through the stop signs.

Between being grateful for the beauty outside my window, and asking God for protection on the road, the windshield wipers could barely keep up.

What seemed like an hour later, I crawled to a halt at a major intersection. My shoulders began to relax. My grip on the steering wheel lessened. Ahh, I thought. This new road was well traveled. It should be smooth sailing from here.

Have you ever been in a similar situation, and felt that same sense of relief?

Sometimes I need to inch through life one mile at a time. You, too?

No matter what kind of storm you and I are shoveling through - whether it’s coping with the upside down values in this broken world, moving through an illness, or tromping through a relationship gone sour, you and I sometimes need to remember that we are blessed to have someone with us regardless, of what type of torrential outburst we face.

We have the greatest Protector of all. Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7 reminds us to, “Cast all anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Knowing Jesus rides the storm with us, we can take things in stride.

White knuckles, bitten nails, sleepless nights and all, with God in the passenger seat you and I can bear anything.

Borrowing the psalmist David’s words we pray, “Keep me safe, O God, for I come to you for refuge” (Psalm 16:1). We wait.

When the sky clears, and our path straightens, you and I discover a safe haven awaits all who seek and trust in him.

Our Father’s provision is constant.

In our most vulnerable moments His love holds us tight.

He will not let us go.

When you and I seek protection we profess, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46: 1-7).

Until next time…

May the Spirit of God lead you, the Word of God sustain you, and the promises of God grant you the gift of everlasting peace.

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