No Safe Place but Jesus.

I had ATM troubles the other morning, so I called the bank to get help. Each bank employee I spoke with ended our conversation thanking me for banking with them and then passionately and solemnly saying, “Be safe out there.” 

Considering we are in a global pandemic, I assume they were referring to not getting COVID-19. And I appreciated their sentiment—I don’t want to get the virus. I don’t want anyone to get the virus.  I am all for precautions. Staying 6 feet apart, washing my hands, not touching my face, and even wearing a mask in the grocery store so people won’t think I am rude.  (I am not for wearing masks while outside exercising alone. If someone could explain to me the reasoning behind this, I’d be much obliged.)

However, I am not sure why these passionately spoken words, “Be safe out there,” sort of annoyed me. Maybe it’s the news of a friend’s sister dying unexpectedly. Or maybe it’s the story of the instagram gal whose son died in an accident while playing. Or maybe it is the story of the three year old girl who celebrated her birthday at home on hospice because there is nothing more the doctors can do to keep her alive. Maybe it’s the news of Ravi Zacharias’ health decline and the fact that he is home with his family living out what are likely his final days on this broken planet. Maybe it’s the email we received about the classmate whose mother passed away in her sleep last week. Or maybe I am extra sensitive these days since this time just last year I was faced with my own mother’s suicide. So, in reply to their well-intentioned “Be safe out there” comment, I wanted to yell, 

“IMPOSSIBLE!  Are you even paying attention?! There’s not a ‘safe’ place on this planet.”

Don’t get me wrong, I am not driving down the opposite side of the road or licking door knobs before I open the door, but if our main goal of life is safety, again I say—IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!

This world is full of dangers and hardships. Are there wonderful realities along the way? Of course! With a grateful attitude, I could list a million blessings in my life on this planet. But there is only One person where safety is found—Jesus. And there is only One place where we will experience perfect peace, no more tears and where “sorrow and sighing will flee away” (Isaiah 35)—Heaven.

The Psalms continually reveal the world as an unsafe place. David cries out to God for help so many times in so many high tense situations. Over and over again he finds God to be his only safe place. 

Psalm 54:4 “Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul [upholder of my life].”

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”                                                                                                 {G. Campbell Morgan says about this verse: “To cast the burden on Jehovah is not to be rid of it, but it is to find One who carries, sustains the burden-bearer and so the burden also, in a fellowship of love and might.”}

Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?”

Psalm 55:16-18 “As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice. He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me.”

So maybe instead of “Be safe out there,” a better exhortation would be “May God be your Sustainer out there” or “Trust in God out there.” He is the sustainer of my life. I pray He is yours, too.

4 thoughts on “No Safe Place but Jesus.

  1. Love this! I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I had not heard. He also commanded us to love one another. This is hard to do with a mask standing six feet away. Just something I have been thinking about a lot lately.

    1. Hey, Lollie!! Thank you for taking time to read the post. And yes to what you shared—this six feet apart and mask business is getting old and is so challenging to not interact when I do go out!!

  2. Hello sweetheart, I know that none of this has been easy , but we know that God is still our strength, refuge, and all mighty comforter ! You girls have sought him through out this year and will continue to. There is barely a day that goes by that I don’t think of her , going to work as I travel past the office , than I will think softly to myself we will be there with you soon 💓💓🙏
    Those mask —— I start breathing rapid , glasses fog and soon as I’m outside it’s OFF !!!
    When I was 16 my mother passed away from having Lupus, it was expected ! She had prayed to live till her two girls were old enough to take care of their selves . We weren’t ready ! I had always been in church the entire time, but I gained so many step moms to help me stay in church! Any time I will be hear for anyone of you and Mr Omer try to keep up with dad (hard) 💕🙏 Love always and prayers continue !!!

  3. I completely agree with your perspective although I do wish this life here on earth were a safer place, more like Heaven. I fear what emotions I will feel when horrible things happen in my life.. Jesus is the exception to it all. He makes all things new. He is a redeemer, a faithful rescuer, a compassionate friend and Father. That I am certain of. Thanks for your wisdom ❤️

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