ARE THERE WORDS THAT YOU SOMETIMES USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF THAT ARE NOT REALLY WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT YOU? LIKE FAILURE, SHAMED, OR unWORTHY. GOD SAYS YOU ARE BLESSED, ANOINTED, HEALED, HOLY, AND CHOSEN. JOIN US EVERY MORNING AS WE WRITE ON A FEW OF THE NAMES GOD SPEAKS OVER US. ~ BREATH ON PAPER
This morning I woke up at 5:30 AM and started a load of laundry as I so often do on Saturday mornings. Not too long into the wash cycle the toilet began to gurgle, the shower began to fill with water and the toilet would not flush. I stopped the washer and headed to Walmart for some Drano. The Drano did not work, and after talking with a friend who knows more about plumbing than I do, I called a plumber. The plumber arrived, assessed my problem and brought in his sewer snake machine to clear the drain pipe. My drains are now clear, and as my friend so aptly put it, I have been plunged to victory! I feel secure in my home once again, able to wash and flush with no fear of sewage backup. The key word in this paragraph is secure. My one word post for today.
Secure according to Webster’s Dictionary has nineteen different meanings so I won’t list them all here. The one definition I am going with today for secure is the exact definition for the Greek word secure which is amerimnos. It means “freedom from anxiety and care.”
When I think of the word secure it brings to mind the Peanuts comic strip character Linus Van Pelt. He is young and smart. He says a lot of philosophical things and quotes the Bible often. But Linus is hardly ever seen without his blue security blanket. The other characters in the strip are always mocking him for it and try to take it away from him. We may not carry around security blankets, but all of us are insecure from time to time.
I know for me I have a deep longing in my heart to be secure, and I believe we all do. Like Linus and his security blanket we tend to hold onto things or people that give us a false sense of being secure.
“Linus: I start to feel lonely, then I get scared.”
“Charlie Brown: I thought holding onto that blanket made you secure.”
“Linus: I think the warranty has run out.”
This quote from Joyce Meyer hit home with me, “We have an epidemic of insecure people in our society today. Many people have an identity crisis because they don’t really know who they are and they base their worth and value on all the wrong things – what they do, what they look like, who they know, what they know or what they own.” This has been very real in my life and I have been guilty on all counts. Taking a Church of the Highlands Freedom small group has helped me in my struggle with this. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” C.H. Spurgeon
I have found Jesus is the only one who can truly make me secure. I can’t expect from people or things what only He can give me.
I can be secure in His Word. “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8
I can be secure in His Love. “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12
And for those 911 moments in life we can be secure in Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” ~ Cheryl
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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.