Monday, September 3, 2012

What is Your Level of Protection?

I was shopping recently and I had to go down an aisle that most men avoid like the plague – you know, the “feminine hygiene supplies.”  As I looked at the “levels of protection” offered by the various brands, it struck me that it’s good to have choices.  There is light, for those who don’t require much protection at all, regular for an average amount, and super for those who require a bit more help.  Now I’m not going to get into what those things specifically protect you against.   But I will tell you that I realized that the protection I needed, they don’t offer.

I have an active imagination.  That comes in handy when you are a writer.  It also comes in handy when you live in a small town.  Unfortunately that also means that I spend time thinking about what-ifs.  For instance, I have the weather radar up on the internet at all times.  What if a storm comes and throws the internet out and I can’t get my email?  I am thinking of getting a smart phone for the sole purpose of following storms on the weather radar, when the power is out.

I do trust in the Lord to protect me, but if He has given us the technology to follow weather patterns, shouldn’t I be abreast of the information so I can protect my family?

I need a protection that only God can provide.  I need a “batten down the hatches, this boat is going for a ride, and a storm is coming” kind of protection.  “The boat doesn’t even know where it is going and the captain is partying on the Lido Deck” kind of protection.  I want Jesus to walk on the water and calm the seas.  I want Him to call me out to the water, then walk me to dry land.  I want THAT kind of protection.  I want to sit in my heavenly Father’s arms, give him all of my insecurities and fears, have him show me the steps to take.  I want to know for certain that I am doing what He has called me to do, not what I think He wants.

What is more protection - being in the know or not knowing?  We keep things from our children to protect them.  As adults, we prefer to be in the know.  If there is a train coming down the track, I want to know about it.  Then I can make informed decisions. If I need to seek shelter in the neighbor’s basement, I want to know.  If there is something else I should be doing and I’m not, I want to know that too.  Like I said, I have an active imagination.  I can imagine that God wants many things.  What I want, is for God to tell me the plan.

What is your level of protection?  Are you a light?  Do you have it all under control; you just need a little coverage?  Are you a regular?  Do you have it mostly under control but need some general assistance?  Or are you a super?  You are bordering on out of control.

Or are you like me?  You are in need of a level of protection and comfort that they don’t sell at the store.  The hatches need to be manned, and  you can’t make it on your own.  It’s too much.

\We are all completely off balance;  broken, and very much in need of our Father.  At one time or another, we all need the kind of protection that can only be given by the Father.  Which level will you seek?

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