Bubble Wrap

Pro 18:10 The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. 

Thursday evening I was sitting in the church’s balcony enjoying a concert by The City Harmonic when my cellphone vibrated. It was my eldest son calling to tell me that he had just been in a car accident. (This kid can’t catch a break!) He was driving home from work, came around a blind corner and ran over a boulder that was lying in the middle of the road. (FYI – a boulder is defined as a rock over 10 inches in diameter.) Well, this particular hunk of rock was big enough to take out the transmission, fluid lines and oil pan. And he had only bought the car a month ago!

He told me that he was not injured, just badly shaken up and angry. I spent the remainder of the concert close to tears – both because his life just seems to be one crisis after another and because I was rejoicing that God had protected my son from harm.

I don’t know about you, but as a mother of two boys, there have been sooooo many times where I wished that I could have wrapped my boys up in thick layers of bubble wrap before I sent them out of the house! And that feeling hasn’t changed even though they are both men now!

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My youngest son, whom I nicknamed “Dennis the Menace” was constantly finding new ways to turn my hair prematurely grey. One time when we were ice fishing, he and his brother were exploring a small island in the middle of the lake when he slipped on the rounded, icy edge of a cliff ( I could hear the “swish-zing” of the snowsuit along the ice). I watched, as if in slow motion, while his little body dropped down towards the jumble of boulders at the bottom. Blessedly, he hit the branch of a young pine which basically stopped his rapid descent. He escaped serious injury and only ended up with a bloody nose, a great goose egg on his head, and a slight concussion.

When “Dennis” was a teenager, he tripped and fell through a glass door impaling his upper arms. That little dance with danger led to over 80 stitches! Had he not gotten his arms up to protect himself as he fell, he would have impaled his chest and neck!

My oldest son is a carpenter. He has had “close encounters” with an air nailer on at least 3 occasions – once through his foot, another through his knee and yet another through his lip (don’t ask me how he managed that one!!)

These are only a few examples of the hair raising (and greying) “adventures” that my sons have put me through.

So you will understand when I tell you that I absolutely believe in praying for God’s protection upon my loved ones.

God has wrapped me and my loved ones in His own special brand of bubble wrap on more occasions than I can remember.

I always prayer for protection before we go on any road trip. One day my sister was driving us in the city. I bowed my head to pray and she asked “are we taking someone else with us?” and I replied, “Yes, I never leave home without Him.”

There have been so many times when loved ones have said to me “you won’t believe what almost happened to me” or “wow – someone up there must be watching over me because …”. There has even been a few times when I have heard them say that there was NO POSSIBLE WAY that they could have escaped. I always tell them that I have asked God to watch over them, protect them and keep them safe. Yes, sometimes there have been injuries, but they have been minor in comparison to what could have happened.

I know, that I know, that I know that God enfolds us in His hands of protection and sends His ministering angels to stand guard over us.

Luk 4:10 For it is written, “He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You;

I give God eternal thanks, praise and glory for wrapping me and my loved ones in His very special brand of bubble wrap.

2Ti 1:12 … For I have knowledge of him in whom I have faith, and I am certain that he is able to keep that which I have given into his care till that day. (BBE)

Blessings

(Photo credit : Mary Victrix)

 

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What is Hope?

In my last post, Dazed and Confused, I wrote about some of the recent trials my hubby and I have been going through. At the end of the post, I talked about having hope.

I thought that I should write about what hope is and exactly in whom and/or what I have hope.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the noun “hope” as: A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.

“A desire of something good with the expectation or belief that it is obtainable” – I like that!

Hope is also defined as: Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises; a scriptural sense.

Hope is not passive. Hope “desires good”, “expects to obtain”, “has confidence”, and “brings pleasure or joy”.

A study of all the terms in the Bible that have been translated as the word “hope” give some interesting insights into the meaning of “hope”.

The following are some of the Hebrew terms: (from Strong’s Concordance)

tiqvâh: literally a cord (as an attachment); figuratively expectancy: – expectation

I find it interesting that the literal translation means a cord or attachment. Maybe that indicates that we should make sure that we are “tied firmly” to hope and expectation.

Psa 71:5 For You are my hope, O Lord God, my trust from my youth. 

 

miqveh ; something waited for, that is, confidence (objectively or subjectively); also a collection, that is, (of water) a pond, or (of men and horses) a caravan or drove: – abiding, gathering together, hope, linen yarn, plenty [of water], pool.

Notice the key words – wait, confidence, abide, plenty

I like to think that if I wait in confidence I shall abide in plenty, both materially and spiritually.

Jer 14:8 O the Hope of Israel, its Savior in time of trouble,…

 

yâchal; to wait; by implication to be patient, hope: – (cause to, have, make to) hope, be pained, stay, tarry, trust, wait.

For me, patience, trusting and waiting can be a real challenge!

Psa 31:24 Be strong, and He will make your heart stronger, all you who hope in Jehovah.

 

beṭach; properly a place of refuge; abstractly safety, both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust); often (adverbially with or without preposition) safely: – assurance, boldly, (without) care (-less), confidence, hope, safe (-ly, -ty), secure, surely

Living in hope provides refuge, safety, trust, assurance and confidence!

Psa 16:9 Therefore My heart is glad, and My glory rejoices; My flesh also shall rest in hope; 

 

In the New Testament, the term most often translated as “hope” is the Greek word elpis which means to anticipate, usually with pleasure; expectation; and confidence.

Rom 5:2 Through Him we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice on the hope of the glory of God.

 

To hope is to wait patiently with confidence, trust, assurance,  and pleasurable expectation of something good. I like the sound of that!

Blessings