Have you seen the video of the cat named Maru who loves to lay and just simply be in a box? It’s very funny and makes me giggle when I see this silly cat squeeze his fat furry body into any box left by his master.
Of course, you know me, I began wondering how it would be to live in a box sometimes, cut off from the cares and concerns of this life. No, not the box that goes six feet under, just a nice comfortable box with some niceties like a bed, a fridge, etc.
As you can see, Maru is happy with just his head in a box.
I know my ponderings are silly, but I am not the only one who thought it. Sally, my dear sweet friend, saw it and commented that “Maru knows the only safe place is in that box.”
I began to wonder about my own personal safety and the safety of our loved ones and how we like to feel safe and be safe in our homes or when we are out and about, or anywhere.
We long for the safety net to catch us and gently put our feet back on the ground.
We enjoy the security of our savings and our jobs.
We want our cars to have the latest safety features and we wear our seat belts and lock our car doors all for safety reasons.
We even want to play “it” safe.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing necessarily wrong with these things.
Gee, I even have a spider barrier sprayed around my house so I can be safe from those eight legged creatures. (We have Brown Recluse Hobo Spiders here.)
No, nothing wrong with safety at all, but it did start me thinking about how God views our safety and what His concerns for us might be.
I found so much comfort in the following verses.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.
1 Samuel 25:29
Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the LORD your God, secure in his treasure pouch! But the lives of your enemies will disappear like stones shot from a sling!
Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah
He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.
This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.
and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
These are mighty promises of safety and security in God. Let’s read them and meditate on them and let God penetrate our often scared hearts with these truths.
Safe and secure in the arms of the Lord,
That’s where I want to be
There isn’t any other place as safe and warm
As when His arms are ‘round me.
Nothing can wound me,
Nothing can kill me,
Nothing can snatch me away,
Without His say
Because He keeps me
And never leaves me,
Safe and Secure in His love.
There are so many scary things happening in the world today. We must stand in unshakable faith that God is in control, that His love never fails us. Let’s hold on to Him and even each other and trust Him in the small things and the big things because He is faithful.