Safe is the Five Minute Friday prompt word for this week. What does it take to make us feel safe in our everyday lives? In who or what do we put our trust? What does it actually mean to be safe? These are questions I think most of us have, and we all seek to find the answers.
One of the first things that came to mind with the prompt was an old hymn I remember from childhood. It is called “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” and was written by Fanny Crosby. You can click on the link above to read all the words. Here is the chorus:
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.
When I looked up the lyrics I found some interesting information about Fanny Crosby. One is that she was the first woman to be heard in our government’s Senate chambers when she read aloud one of her poems. Even though she was blind she did not let that stop her from getting a good education. She even became a teacher in the school for the blind that she attended.
Trust Triumphs Over Fear
What if she had been too afraid to try new things?
What if her parents had been over protective, because they wanted to try to keep her safe?
We can try all we want to prevent accidents and live safely, but we are not really in control. Fanny Crosby kept going in spite of any fears she may have had. I’m sure she must have put her trust in God to see her through. She penned many of the hymns that people still love today.
I want to always put my trust in God, but I know I am weak and will sometimes let fear creep in. It is a comfort to me to know that God knows my weakness, yet still loves me and promises to be with ever me.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.
I’m linking up with #FiveMinuteFriday