Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bread For The Journey


Last Sunday there sat in the pew in front of me a mother with her very small child.  
The child grew sleepy and I watched him fall asleep in his mother's arms. 
Nothing to me defines peace, contentment, security and love as a baby asleep in their mother's arms. 
The world could be falling around them, but they have no fear, no worry -- they are safe.  

I thought of the disciples who one day  embarked on a journey across a lake but were caught in an angry storm. The wind tossed their vessel to and fro, lifted the water into high waves that crashed over the sides of their boat threatening to sink it.   
The disciples, frantically baling water, struggled to keep their craft afloat fearing for their very lives.  
Yet... where was Jesus ?   
 Right there in the boat with them but was He helping them ?  
No, He was fast asleep in the bottom of the boat enjoying the rocking motion of the sea.  
The disciples were astounded and asked, 
"How can you sleep ?? Don't you know we are sinking, don't you care we are going to die ?"   
But Jesus had no fear, no worry. He had been asleep in the arms of His father.  No harm could come to Him.     
 Jesus, shaking His head at His disciples' fear and doubt, 
merely spoke His Father's words  to the storm and it ceased. 
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If we see how perfectly trusting  the child asleep in their parent's arms is ,
how much more should we feel perfectly content when God says we are carried in His arms...
keeping us "safe from all alarms".


I love what I read in scripture about God's Father heart toward His children,     
"The Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, in all the way that you went." 
Deut. 1:31   
     "I bare you on eagles wings and brought you to Myself." 
Ex. 19:4
"Can a woman forget her nursing child ? ....  Surely they may forget yet I will not forget you!"
Is. 49:15

 The words of an old hymn say it so well..
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms. 

Leaning, leaning, 
Safe and secure from all alarms
Leaning, leaning, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms. 
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7 comments:

  1. I loved these thoughts today. Just beautiful. Thank you. - Suzanne

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  2. Wonderful thoughts! God Bless!

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  3. You are absolutely right, there is nothing more beautiful than watching a baby fall asleep in heir mother's arms. Beautiful pos.

    Velva

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  4. beautiful thoughts, and so true, how I love that old hymn!

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  5. thank you ..very well put. We serve an awesome Lord

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  6. Wonderful post. He has calm the storms for me many times.

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  7. Thank you!!! Great message!!

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