I’ve always thought how sad it is when a perfectly good piece of paper is crumbled and never crisp again. Or one bend of a book cover and it is forever changed. In one moment, often without warning, something that was just fine is forever changed.
I can relate to the piece of paper and book cover because that is how life is. We’re cruising smoothly through life, and all of a sudden we’re bent and everything is different. All of a sudden we’re a creased piece of paper and it doesn’t seem fair because we were just fine before. But it happens.
Creases and crumbles come (afflictions, trials, and tribulations are the biblical terms) and there is no escaping them. We’re going to be crumbled and we need to understand this. We need to know that life will not be smooth sailing all the time and things will happen.
When I bend a book cover, I shove it in between books in my book shelf and leave it there for a very long time. It’s not a forever-fix but it helps, and, dear reader, that is what we need to do when we are creased. We need to shove ourselves in between the arms of Jesus and leave ourselves there for a very long time. We may still have scars from our bends and folds, but unlike the book in the bookshelf, the arms of Jesus are a forever-fix.
The arms of Jesus is His presence. In His presence in the safest place we can be. Nothing can touch us there. We are completely covered by perfect love, power, rest, and peace. The Bible is filled with words telling us to come; telling us to abide; telling us to trust Him and rest in Him.
Remember when I said that we need to understand that these things will happen? It’s so important because when the troubles come, we’ll run to Jesus and not away. We’ll see His view of the troubles and ultimately reach where it is that He wants to take us.
God told us that many are the afflictions of the righteous. Troubles come to everyone, even the righteous. But there’s a second part to this: He said He’d save us from them all.
So in the creases and crumbles, abide in Him. Abide in Him until He delivers you, and stay in His presence even after to keep yourself full of Him.
His presence is the sweetest and safest place you can ever go to.
May Jesus cover you with His love and His hope flood your heart. Be blessed!
Love, Sarah Lynn
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” – Psalm 91:1-2
P.S. Read the entire 91st Psalm. ❤️