When you have a child that’s attached to a blankie, it goes with you everywhere- just in case. Heading out the door you grab your purse, your keys, the diaper bag and the blankie. Going on a trip you take your tickets, your luggage, the snacks and the blankie. It fits into your life so completely you barely think about it until…it’s missing.
The removal of one simple blanket can take a peaceful trip to the grocery store and turn it into an ear splitting, baby screaming disaster. Any calm, mild mannered parent becomes obsessed with one thing- FIND THE BLANKET! Blankies are definitely one of those things you don’t really notice until they’re gone.
God has placed something like that in our lives too. Instead of it being a baby blankie, God places a hedge around us. The first chapter of Job tells us that God put a hedge around Job and his household and everything he has. What’s the big deal about a hedge from God? God’s hedge is not bushes and twigs. It’s a giant wall of protection from Satan.
This may be hard to wrap your head around. Why? Because like a baby blanket, this hedge is most easily seen when it’s gone. Have you ever moved into a dark time of your life when you felt tested? Maybe it’s involved the loss of a job, an illness, a struggling marriage or maybe all three. In that difficult place it’s easier to see that before the problems, life had not been so bad. You catch yourself yearning for the times when your biggest problems were stretching a paycheck, being too tired to go out or wishing your kids would clean their room.
It’s one thing to see the goodies in life as blessings but maybe we need to see the small problems as blessings too. Thank God for your times of simple problems and common stress. It’s important to SEE God’s hand when life does not seem so hard. Too often we wait until the hard times come and then we stop and try to understand what God is up to in our lives. Our faith can be strengthened through the storms of life but there is much to be learned about who God is in the calm. Believe me, if you take the time to see God in your seasons of protection it will be easier to see God in your seasons of trial.
Don’t wait until the calm is gone to notice the blanket of warmth God has placed around you. Rejoice in the broken rear view mirror and the toilet that won’t stop running. See God in the daily bumps in the road. He’s there you know. He’s always there.