Poem: Hold Me And I Will Be Safe
Remember the last time someone held you in a long, intimate embrace?
Within the gentle grasp of loving arms, with your head leaning on the bosom of the person embracing you, you exhaled and sensed all your stresses disappear. You felt loved, protected, and hopeful. It made your day.
You may not always have such an energizing experience every time you need one. Human embraces are not always available, but the scripture verse quoted below makes it easy to visualize an encounter with God which could result in similar benefits for your mind and spirit.
It is the mind that the sense of belonging begins. "You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You." (Isaiah 26:3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
After the poem, compare a divine embrace with a human embrace.
Hold me and I will be safe.— Psalm 119:11 (Today's English Version)
The Road Gets Very Dark
Sometimes the road gets very dark, I can’t see up ahead;
I wonder should I grope along or turn around instead.
I pray that You would shine a light, make the pathway clear,
Or clearly speak one promise that would take away my fear.
But when I do not hear You; when I do not see a light,
I wait for You to reach out and hold me through the night.
Sometimes my heart is aching from the wounds caused by my foes;
I rest and wait for time to heal me, as the saying goes.
I recall how much You suffered though You had hurt no one.
I pray for courage to forgive, the same as You have done.
Then I feel Your comfort flowing, pouring down like rain,
As You reach out and hold me, and heal me from my pain.
The Hustling and the Bustling
And then sometimes I’m tired of the struggles of the day:
The rising cost of living, and bills more than I can pay,
The ladders that I try to climb, the many slips and falls,
The hustling and the bustling, and the schedules and close calls.
I fear that I would lose my mind, have no more strength to give,
‘Till You reach out, hold me, and renew my will to live.
You have held me, loving Jesus, safely all through the years;
Held me when I was cheerful, held me when I shed sad tears.
I know that I’m still standing only’ cause You hold me now;
And even as You hold me, in sweet gratitude I bow.
I cuddle in Your goodness; nothing can pull me away
For You reach out and hold me, and keep me safe all day.
Leaning on God's Bosom
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God's Hug Compared with the Human Hug
- Humans select people to hug depending on their knowledge or their thoughts about the other person; God hugs everyone who desires it.
- A human hug has a beginning and an end; we can cuddle in God’s love all day.
- Some human hugs are suspect, meaning that we may not be sure of the motive; we can abandon ourselves to God’s hug in full assurance of His love.
- There is a kind of human hug that has “possession” written all over it; God’s hug says “protection” but without any force attached.
- However, just like human beings who give and receive pleasure from a hug, God also gets pleasure from cuddling you, and wants you to enjoy it as well.
- Just like human hugs are primarily physical but affects the whole being, God's hugs are primarily felt in the spirit and affects the whole being.
"Love was the element in which Christ moved and walked and worked. He came to embrace the world in the arms of His love." White, E.G. Our Father Cares.
"Rest yourself wholly in the hands of Jesus. Contemplate His great love . . ., Wait upon the Lord in faith. The Lord draws out the soul in prayer, and gives us to feel His precious love. We have a nearness to Him, and can hold sweet communion with Him. We obtain distinct views of His tenderness and compassion, and our hearts are broken and melted with contemplation of the love that is given to us" (Ibid).