shani4jc

Safe in His Arms

Posted on: 7-15-112015

My two-year old grandson is fascinated with exploring in the woods behind our house.  He will spend hours investigating every stick, rock, leaf, and pine straw he can get his hands on.  He squeals with delight when he hears the birds chirping and the squirrels scurrying through the trees.  I get the privilege of watching him explore, observe, and discover new things each day.  One of my favorite things to see him do is look up at all of the trees towering over him.  He will just look up and say, “Wow!” over and over and over.  And then, all of a sudden, he will run to me and want me to pick him up. The first couple of times he did this, I didn’t quite understand why he wanted me to pick him up.  However, I finally figured it out when I picked him up and he said. “Big, big trees!” I realized that, as he was looking up into those towering trees, he suddenly recognized the fact that he was so much smaller in comparison.  He needed the security of his Nana’s arms to know that he was safe and that it was okay.  As I think about him and his reaction to the trees, I realize that we all can be intimidated by the towering “trees” in our lives.  Our “trees” are not literal trees, of course. Instead, they are financial problems, marital disasters, relationships in turmoil, health issues, and numerous other trials and tribulations that we face on a daily basis. If we focus too long on how these things loom over us, we can become intimidated and feel like we are no match for them.  We can feel afraid and very small.  But, just as my grandson can run to my arms and receive comfort and security, we, too, have someone to run to.  Our heavenly Father is watching us and is just waiting for us to run to Him so He can scoop us up and comfort us and be our security. He wants us to trust Him and depend on Him.  He wants to help us feel safe and confident when we face the towering problems in our lives.  He doesn’t want us to face them alone…He wants us to face them with His arms wrapped around us.

“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25

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