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In the Arms of the Everlasting

Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;

his understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the faint,

and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary,

and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

Today, as happens several days throughout the week, my 4 year old waited to go to school with me in my office. He attends the Preschool that is overseen by the church, and 3 times a week, he comes in to my office, and waits as patiently as a 4 year old can until it is time to go. Today, as I was getting ready to begin my study, he crawled in to my lap, nestled in to my arms, and just merely sat there. I knew it was, for him, a place of safety. He knew he was safe, and he (and I) enjoyed the closeness. As I was walking back from dropping him off, it got me thinking, isn't this where I should be, too? Shouldn't I be seeking the security of my Heavenly Father's arms? Truly, it is the only place of safety! All too often, and this happens as we grow older, we push away from our earthly parents. Some day, my 4 year old won't want to sit in my lap and cuddle (it will, admittedly, get awkward if he's seeking that at 16 years old). In a similar sense, we do the same thing to our Heavenly Father. We seek our security in money, retirement funds, houses, relationships and so many other things. The reality is also that as we get older, we're getting closer to leaving this world. Shouldn't, then, we seek the arms of our Father even more? Shouldn't this be the very thing that drives us further and further in to His embrace? We are promised no more security for this moment than we are a year from now, or ten years from now. So, perhaps we should seek to be held tightly in to His grasp, knowing it is the only place for safety that this world, and the next, has to offer.

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