Where Are We Safe?

Where are we safe? I can only think of one place—the arms of Jesus!

One would think that taking a nap in the bedroom would be a safe place. But, no! Our local newspaper —Springfield News Leader— has a story today about Trevor Reynolds, who was “fatally shot July 5 as he napped in his bedroom.” This report is about the two-hour memorial service held for Reynolds. “Twenty-two friends took the microphone to celebrate, sometimes through tears, the mark he made on their lives… They described a teen who went out of his way to help the elderly, played sweetly with little kids and appeared to be ‘on fire’ for God.”

One of the testimonies about this young teen is that “Trevor was a delight.” He was a respectful son.

Turn with me to the pages of God’s book, and there is a story about a father who was promised a son that would be a joy and a delight. I’m referring to Zechariah and the promise of the birth of John the Baptist.

Luke 1:13-15
But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.

I have lost a daughter to death, but I was prepared. She was very ill. Trevor’s mother went about her daily business not suspecting a thing. And there, in the bedroom, her son gets fatally shot. Her delightful boy is gone from her life forever. The feeling of emptiness is excruciating. What hit me the worst, and it is probably the same for this young man’s mother, was the realization that my daughter would never come back. She would never come back! But I have the hope to see her again.

My daughter —and I’m sure also this delightful young man Trevor— is safe, where no one can hurt her. She is in the arms of Jesus!

There is so much hurt in our days, so much senseless crime. We live in a world plagued by sin, as a result of the Fall of man. But there is a secure place—in the arms of Jesus!

Let the God of the Universe wrap his loving arms around you this day, and always!

In 1868, Fanny Crosby, the blind composer, wrote about the wonderful safety we have in the Lord. That doesn’t mean nothing “bad” will happen to us in this world. We are surrounded by evil, but still we can feel safe. And one day we will be safe forever. My daughter is already there—saved forever! While I’m still here, I feel Jesus arms keeping me safe.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels
Borne in a song to me,
Over the fields of glory,
Over the jasper sea.

Refrain:
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations;
Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
Free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials,
Only a few more tears!

Jesus, my heart’s dear Refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
Wait till the night is o’er;
Wait till I see the morning
Break on the golden shore.

Be safe! In the only place where there is safety—in the arms of Jesus!

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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