Today’s temperature is struggling to stay in the sixties and the wind is blowing. Roll your eyes if you want, but this south Florida girl is shivering. Where’s the blankets?
There’s a new trend, supposed to help with sleep, with anxiety, and all kinds of things: weighted blankets. I picture a comfy couch, soft lights, and peace. The weight of the covering relaxing frayed nerves and tense muscles.
It’s a lot like God’s grace, love, peace. He covers us in them, the weight freeing us from the weight of our sin and the weight of the world. “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” (Psalm 91:4 NLT)
I have a grandson who loves his blanky at bedtime (and when those shaky legs are trying to learn to walk). Shaky legs are ours as we learn to lean on and into living for God rather than for self. The world wants us to buy into things, into power, into government, into anything other than the freedom that’s ours when our comfort comes from the Comforter.
“God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.” (2Corinthians 1:3b NLT) I scooped up my two year old grandson recently when he hit the slippery floor and cuddled him til the tears stopped. I was his comfort as the hurt subsided. Our Father holds us right into eternity, no more tears or hurts forever.
So whether the temperature outside is freezing or sweltering, there is a perfect covering. One who covers all our shame, all our regrets. Who looks on us and sees the covering of Christ’s righteousness and smiles in love.
My prayer for those grandsons, for myself, and for you is that Jesus is who we reach for when everything appears to be too much. No more will we listen to the voices of criticism or doubt or empty promises. But we will listen the voice of the One whose love is a covering for all seasons.
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