The fridge is full of food; there is fuel in the car; work is going well; I have a wonderful church family and actively participate in various programs; I am healthy. Life is good!
It looks like a perfect example of security in every way.
How secure are we from day to day? What constitutes our security? What is security? Security can be defined in a number of ways. The antonym to security is obvious; it is insecurity. We place our security in that which protects us from the enemy. When I say enemy I simply refer to anything that disturbs our peace and rest or tranquility in our lives, for it is these things that we all pursue. Every day we go to work, to earn some money so we can purchase the things which will enable us to have peace and rest. As an example, a full stomach is one of those things.
Hunger is an enemy and we seek protection by obtaining and storing food. Poverty is an enemy and we seek protection from it by earning money through employment and storing some for a rainy day. There is cold and heat, wind and rain, snow, storms, etc. We seek protection from them by building shelter. There is also the need for acceptance and belonging, and to protect ourselves from loneliness, we build good relationships.
We are secure; we have built a fortress for every possible attack from any enemy at all. Are we really secure? What about a fire that could rage through our shelter and destroy it. What about a crash in the markets that decimates our savings? What about drought that makes food scarce or a sudden disease that we may be diagnosed with? These things are very possible and could remove the secure surroundings that we provided
What we call secure, and the things that provide us with peace and rest are the things that we place our trust in. We trust our bank accounts to take us through life. We trust our good health to provide for our needs through employment and to keep us from disease, etc. Indeed, we place our trust in all or any of these things to keep our self safe and so we will have peace and rest, which we all seek. Peace and rest, however will be found at one place only. It is the Creator of heaven and earth that provides that peace. His name is the Prince of Peace.
That peace and rest is found in the valleys of our life. A valley is a place between two mountain ridges and has a river flowing through it. To me it represents a journey between me and my strength and God and His strength. The way down is a time of removing all that hinders me from trusting Him. The river represents to me a place of refreshing and blessing, free from encumbrances and the climb back up to me represents a journey of fruitfulness.
When we cross this valley over bridges that have been built from one side to the other, we miss out on the blessing of this valley journey. The bridge represents a false security such as wealth, status or success. The journey may be easier across the level bridge but peace and rest are found in trusting God.
I realize that this is the way that God is teaching me what it means to trust and where to find peace and rest, but I challenge you to ponder and meditate on security to hear and see what God will teach you in regards to it.
Our security needs to take us beyond this lifetime.
(c) Casey Overbeek, 2009
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