“And no creature is hidden from his (God’s) sight, but all are naked and exposed…” Heb.4:13, ESV
“Hey, kids, it’s time to cleanup the yard!” My mom’s announcement meant Spring had arrived. My brother and I marched outside and began the chore. This Spring seared a place in my memory, haunting me for years. Thinking on it today sends chills racing up and down by arms.
At age 6 the big old orange slicker with its large pockets out-sized me as I drug it across the yard to the burn pile. Grabbing the collar with both hands, I flung it into the trash. That’s when it happened.
My screams could be heard throughout the community as I raced back across the yard. Mom and neighbors ran out their back doors meeting me at the swing set. My fright left me speechless. I could only point to the burn pile. The neighbor and his son approached the trash discovering the culprit.
When I tossed the coat onto the trash, a huge, no enormous, gigantic (Remember I was only 6) black snake had fallen from the raincoat’s pocket coiled and striking at my feet. I had not seen the danger hidden next to me.
Life’s journey is filled with hidden dangers and unexpected trouble, only in the sense we don’t know when they will appear or what they will be. But our God does.
“…the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name. Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men…” Jer. 32:18,19
“He (God) revealeth the deep and secret things; he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” Dan. 2:22
He understands how life touches us because Jesus came in the flesh and experienced it firsthand. He sympathizes with our weakness, mindful of our humanity. We see only what is visible. He sees what is hidden in the pockets of life and has already made provision to meet and defeat whatever it is. His grace is sufficient for all our need and abounds in his love.
Do you find life, filled with its uncertainties, breeding fear in your heart? God is waiting on His throne. Ask and He will meet you and give you strength for the day. Then tomorrow, should it come, do the same.
Praying that our heavenly Father, “Leads us not into temptation but delivers us from evil. For His is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Amen.”