He rubbed the silky edge, thumb moving back and forth, and curled up in bed. The white blanket, printed with primary colors, eventually took its spot next to his head as he fell asleep. Toddlers are creatures of habit and the security blanket became part of the bedtime ritual.
My son learned at a young age how a security blanket did not just provide warmth. The layer of comfort wrapped itself around my son providing peace as he fell asleep. The silky edge ripped and tattered into smaller pieces as he rubbed away the softness. After many repairs the blanket still remains, smaller than before, but with all the memories of sweet dreams that any little boy would treasure.
During a time of prayer this week, God gave me an image of a security blanket. Life is messy and there are days of unsure footing while walking out our purpose. The last several weeks presented challenges that I wasn’t prepared for and wasn’t sure how to handle. I know as hard as I try I cannot prepare for every scenario. But just as a blanket brought comfort to my son, God reminded me that He will do the same for me.
New challenges immediately take me to a place of little control. I wonder what the details are, how will it affect me, and why I can’t see the end result. But these questions are only the beginning. I love the chance to prepare and process. God loves to surprise me. The beauty in the dichotomy in how I tick and God answers is that there is a place we come together in harmony. And what I learned this week is that it looks like a security blanket.
How is God challenging you? What is your first reaction to a lack of control? When you need comfort, where do you go to find it?
God loves teaching me and left me with these lessons:
Safety and security are always found in me. (Psalm 91)
When you feel a lack of control, I am your control. (Philippians 3:20-21)
Expect challenges in your life, but remember I will clear the way for you to go. (Proverbs 3:6)
Go ahead and prepare and process but open your heart to surprises.
I always have this image of free falling when life turns chaotic and messy. It is my worst nightmare of what an out of control life feels like. But a change in focus takes my thoughts of free falling and turns it into one big security blanket catching my fall.
How would your life look different if instead of free falling, you knew the arms of God were ready to catch you?
Hold these words close and say them as your prayer when you feel a lack of control. God will always wrap you in His blanket of peace.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
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