Sunday, April 3, 2011

God Will Always Protect You?

My daughter Elizabeth did this drawing for me over 14 years ago, when she was about nine. I have kept it on my desk ever since. Not only is it precious to me because her little girl self made it, but the message is such an inspiring one, a little boat bobbing around in stormy waters, safeguarded by the hands of God. It has been battered a bit over the years, but tape and a sturdy frame keep it preserved.

Like many other things that get lost in familiarity over time, I forget to really look at it. It blends in with all the other things that are always in front of me. But it caught my eye yesterday. I moved it down to be closer to me, so I can really read it every morning. The picture is a perfect analogy for my life right now, but I am struggling with the message. Without a job, becoming more disabled every week and in dire financial straits, I do not feel protected by God. I feel betrayed and abandoned. I try to remember that corporal things should not be so important, that it is what I do and how I live that really matters. But the prospect of losing everything I have worked so hard for is devastating. Maybe my priorities are skewed. However, we have to live in the real world and things like a job and a house do matter.

My life is filled with people who are very good to me, wonderful friends who truly care and affirm me in many ways. So for now I have to accept that is how God is protecting me. It is easier said than done, but I need to believe He speaks to me through them. While I feel overwhelmed and full of fear and grief, the message is, ultimately, everything will be alright.

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Muffie said...

Did you know that the most oft-used phrase in Scripture is, "Be not afraid?" I try to remember that when I get frightened about the future. Somehow, we manage, and it preserves my faith. Hugs and prayers for you.

Dirty Butter said...

Your daughter didn't write her affirmation with a question mark the way you did. She was very emphatically stating the fact that we are in God's Hands when we are in His will.

The Bible has many characters who doubt, so you are in good company - Job, Thomas, Lazarus' sisters.

Marie said...

Muffie and DB - Thanks so much for the kind words.

Muff, Be Not Afraid is one of my favorite hymns. Thank you for leaving your comment.

DB, thank you so much for your comment.

Anne said...

What a lovely sentiment.

Don said...

God IS there for you. You may be feeling the trials and tribulations of life, but we are told we will have those issues. Keep your faith in God, and you will survive, and survive for the better in the end!

Be in Christ!


Marie said...

Anne - thank you. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Don - thank you so much for your inspiring words. I am very grateful.

Thanks to all of you for your kindness.

becky said...

What a powerful message and a treasure to have her drawing years later. Much love to you.

Marie said...

Thank you so much for your lovely message Becky.

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