It’s hard to define what safety is.
The dictionary defines it as “the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury”
But the Word defines it as being the Lord.
“The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.”
“But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
In words this idea may be simple to grasp, but when it comes to real life it gets kind of tricky.
Six years ago, my beautiful baby brother, Jack, passed away as he was entering this world; he had a knot in his cord that cut off his connection to his life source – my mom. Jack died while entering the world, so when my nephew Oliver was born in June, I took a deep breath of relief because, in my head, since he had made it through birth, he was finally safe. After Oliver passed away and I thought back to my earlier relief that he was here and “safe”, what I didn’t realize was that I was defining safety based off of my own experience.
If we’re being honest, I am still struggling to understand safety and questioned putting this little story into this journal entry, because I have not yet come to a great revelation where I can say, “I understand safety and my past tragedies only confirm my understanding.”
It’s comforting and terrifying to think that I can do all I want to protect myself and the ones I love from danger and unsure times, but in the end, safety is only of the Lord.
Why is it easier to strive for safety, then it is to rest and trust in Safety Himself?
What if we stop running in circles, and dwell with Safety instead of chasing our own idea of it?
I wonder what would happen. I wonder how deep our faith in God would grow. I wonder how we would handle life when it doesn’t fall in line with our idea of safety — because sometimes it doesn’t. I wonder how our fellowship with others would flourish because we’re not always thinking about what’s next, but we’ve finally cultivated the ability to be present with whoever the Lord has in front of us.
Oh Lord, help us to slow down, to stop, to dwell, to trust, to rest with You.
-Melanie, for the band