My friend, may I ask you a question? As assuredly as Jesus may send us out into life’s storms, He most assuredly will protect us even when we don’t feel his presence. As Christians do we often find ourselves with a very wrong picture of who Jesus is? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
We have two grandsons who quite often ride with Holly in her SUV. That means car seats and all the hassles connected with installing them, belting in the boys and repeating the process in reverse when the trip is done. It’s work, but work that’s necessary to keep them protected and out of harm’s way. In a sense a car seat is kind of like Nana or Papa’s remote hands. Once we place James or Jason into those snug seats, the clicking of belts and pulling on the straps is their assurance that, in a crisis, Nana and Papa will take care of them. Should there be an accident, we’d complete that promise by removing them from their seats. But, we can’t be right there holding them. That’s what the seat is for. As you and I travel down the road of life, will Jesus always be there for us? Or, are harmful things going to happen? Here’s a story: “A farmer built a beautiful barn to keep his animals out of the weather. He had provided each of them with their own area, and each animal was completely content. Suddenly, though, a violent storm began to blow. They all sought shelter in the barn. “As long as we stay in the barn, we’re safe!” They thought. It wasn’t long, however, before bravery turned into fear and the animals forgot how sturdily their home had been built. They all began to cry out. “Why have you left us alone?” They called out to the farmer. The Farmer heard their cries and hastened to the barn. “Why are you crying that I have left you?” He pleaded. “You’re never alone. I will never leave you alone. You may feel like you are at times, but rest assured, I am as close as a cry or whisper. See! Now, trust in the beams and planks that I have placed between you and the storms. My hand is always with you as long as you trust in my workmanship.” (Robyn Cavalera) As assuredly as Jesus may send us out into life’s storms, He most assuredly will protect us even when we don’t feel his presence. As Christians we often find ourselves with a very wrong picture of who Jesus is. He is a Savior who is quite willing to turn us loose even in the presence of grave danger, great ill, or imminent risk. Yes, He does protect but not always prevent. He is always ready to buckle us in, but that doesn’t prevent a crisis from arising in our lives. We need to trust that should we face great peril, He will be there to save us. Christ’s name is Savior and not “Preventer.” We pray. Heavenly Father. You send life’s storms into our lives, but we know that You will protect us even when we don’t feel your presence. As Christians we often find ourselves thinking that Jesus should protect us when You have only assured us that He will save us. Forgive us Father when we forget this. He is a Savior who is quite willing to turn us loose even in the presence of grave danger, great ill, or imminent risk. Thank you Father for your protection even though it doesn’t always mean prevention. Help us buckle in, and ride out the crisis in our lives. Help us to trust that should we face great peril, You will be there to save us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else. If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!" <firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.