Yesterday my walk with God took me to the Indian Canyons above Palm Springs. I did not go far before I found a wonderful little spot to sit down and read. As I was reading I noticed how several of the Palm Trees had a “skirt” around them. This skirt completely covers the trunk beneath. As I gazed at the trees I thought of Psalms 91:4 and how God is like this “skirt”—He covers and protects us.
From 1 John 4:16 we know God is love—a simple statement yet so profound. When we love someone we do not want anything bad to happen to them. God loves us and promises to cover and shelter us. Yet, what are we to do with this promise? If we are honest, we question how true this promise is.
All of us have had experiences in which we wonder where His protection was. When we try to apply His promise to our bodies and the suffering we experience, we are left disappointed. We question God’s faithfulness when bad things happen to godly people–such as the stories of missionaries in Haiti, who gave up their lives in the USA to travel to Haiti and help others, and have found themselves hurt or worst have perished. How do we wrap our mind around what seems to be a contradiction between God’s promise and our experience?
Perhaps the answer lies in what we are expecting to be protected from. Is it from pain & suffering that He shelters us from? Or is it from death? One only has to take a quick look around to see this is not the case. John 16:33 tells us we will have many trials and sorrows. So what is He protecting us from??
My first thought is from the deadliest of all enemies we could encounter—pride and self sufficiency. God pursues us; always calling us to come near. Calling out that we are in danger when we go through life on our own and rely on our own abilities. As we draw close to Him, He wraps His arms around us and gently says, “Stay here where I can take care of you and protect you.” He urges us to not rely on ourselves but come closer to where He can shelter us.
God will at times give us protection in our life today; nonetheless, He is more interested in our spiritual life than our physical life. He is concerned about protecting us from eternal judgment.
Pride and self sufficiency is only a part of what He will protect us from. What else do you belief He promises to protect us from?
I would love to hear what your thoughts are; please leave a comment. Thanks.
Pictures taken from Indian Canyons
Hundreds of years ago the Indian Canyons were populated by the Aqua Caliente Cahuilla tribe. They developed complex communities among these canyons. Here they found water, the plants and animals they need to survive. They grew crops of melons, squash, beans and corn. Today we can find remains like rock art, house pits, irrigation ditches, & food preparation areas.
Tahquitz Canyon and three southern canyons are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Palm Canyon is considered the world’s largest California Fan Palm Oasis.