Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Heartbeat

And please don't fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding yo
                          By Your Side - Tenth Avenue North     If you have ever tried to hold an animal or a child that didn't want to be held, you know how difficult it can be. Arms and legs flail wildly, as they arch their back and try to get away.  In most cases, you are trying to hold them to calm them down. Sometimes you are trying to hold them as they are going through a painful experience. Emotions take over their senses, and they don't realize that in your arms they can find solace and comfort.  If they get away from you, it can be difficult to get them to return.     The Bible tells us that God is like that loving parent to us.  Deuteronomy 33:27 states: "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."
     As a child runs to their parent for security, God tells us that HE is our refuge.  He wants to hold us in his Everlasting Arms.  The Arms that will never let go of us. 
     Over and over again, His Word declares that the Lord is our refuge.  He uses that word specifically for a reason.  A refuge is a place to go for protection from outside forces.  A safe hiding place.  When we are hurting or in trouble, where would be the best place for us to be?
     At times we haven't got a clue.  We can find ourselves in a dark place in our lives, and we don't know where to turn to.  We can get so caught up in our emotions....they take over our senses, and we don't realize that it is in the Everlasting Arms of God that we can find solace and comfort.  Like that stubborn child or animal, we run around, refusing to listen to reason.  How often do we tell God, "NO!" and go our own way?  In order for Him to hold us, we have to let Him.
     God is waiting.  Isiaih 40:11 says that God is like the shepherd that picks up the lamb and holds it close to His Heart.  That wild, crazy lamb is comforted by the sound of His Heartbeat.  Thump, Thump, Thump.  Soon it settles down and allows the Shepherd to carry him through the rough terrain, as it listens to the soothing, rhythmic sounds of His beating Heart. 
     Listen to the Heartbeat. Let God hold you in His Arms, today.    

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