God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
My granddaughter, Virginia Rose, has a favorite stuffed animal, a worn and somewhat bedraggled kitty, which she takes with her everywhere she goes. "Tatty," as Virginia calls him, is her constant companion, whether she is awake or asleep.
I've been babysitting frequently as of late, and have learned just how important Tatty is to my grandchild. He accompanies us to the park, to the indoor playground nearby, and even to the grocery store where he sits next to her in the buggy seat. Of course, when play is involved, this Gammie winds up holding Tatty so Virginia is free to do her thing.
One day, when I'm buckling her into her booster seat, Virginia points to Tatty.
"Gammie! Tatty buck. Tatty buck!"
"Oh, you want Tatty to have a seat belt, too?"
Dutifully, I strap Tatty securely in his place. "Okay, Virginia, he's fastened in and ready to go."
Virginia heaves a sigh of relief.
"Safe and sound," she says.
Naturally, I get a tremendous kick out of Virginia's precocious statement. But, it also starts me thinking. I'm old enough to remember the days when cars didn't even have seat belts. When they finally did, many people, including my grandfather, refused to wear them. Over the course of time, though, as traffic congestion increased and the interstates became more like racetracks than freeways, people began to see the sense in wearing a safety belt.
And, then, my thoughts take another turn. Make a quite unexpected analogy.
That's what my life was like before I accepted Jesus as my Savior - riding around recklessly, wearing no seat belt. Not safe and sound, but scared and scarred . . .
But, the Lord changed all that the moment I climbed into the car with Him and fastened His loving safety belt around me. It hasn't always been an easy journey in this faith. I've had my share of detours, potholes, traffic jams, and fender-benders.
Yet, no matter what has happened or will happen on this road trip, I know one thing for sure.
With God, I am always safe and sound.
Are you buckled up with Jesus?
Will you pray with me?
Father, thank You for being our refuge and strength when troubles come, keeping us safe and sound in Your loving embrace. We pray to feel Your presence and Your grace each and every day of this earthly journey. All this we ask in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.