What is your Safety Net When Learning to Live With Chronic Illness?

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” ( Psalm 4:8)

Recently my son and I watched a documentary on “building big bridges.” The Golden Gate Bridge was one of the first bridges ever built that used a safety net to help prevent injuries and death to the workers if they fell. The net was not fail-proof, as some workers were injured despite the net; however this proved to be a wise decision as the net served its purpose well and prevented many injuries during the construction of this bridge.

A few years ago before chronic illness was a factor in my life, I made a very unwise decision to stain some trim on the roof of my house alone. As I started to accomplish this task, I never even took precautions for my safety. Soon the ladder gave-way and I fell several feet to the ground. Thinking back now I realize that despite my ignorance, the Lord blessed me with a buffer as I fell or my injuries would have been more severe.

Often in life, we make chooses that prove to be painful. We tend to rely on our own safety measures, which prove not to be fail-proof. Despite our bad judgments and mistakes there is a spiritual safety net that we can rely on. This net cannot prevent sufferings and trials in this life, but it can help us to endure and proceed.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in His land and enjoy safe pasture. (Psalm 37:3)

When this life is throwing you curve balls today, dear child, turn to the Lord who offers His safety net to catch you when you fall. To win the ball game we have to be safe on all of the bases. Today may you find safety in a loving Father who can buffer you from this cruel world and the pain it throws your way. Let the Lord be your refuge and your strength.

Dear Heavenly Father: We thank you today for your safety net! We know Lord we can come to you to help us buffer life’s challenges, as we know we will not face more than we can bare. Keep us safe in your arms! Amen.

About the Author:
Deborah “Debbi” Farmer is a wife, mom, part-time writer, business owner and frequent doctor’s patient. She suffers from several illnesses including fibromyalgia.

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What are you using today as your safety net? Are you willing to fall into the arms of the Lord?

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