For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV)
I recently bought a used VW bug convertible and have enjoyed great weather well into fall. So on the way to work the other day, even though it was a brisk morning, the sun was so bright and the sky so blue, I couldn’t resist taking the top down. My ride is only a few minutes long but there is a short winding section that takes me under a lovely canopy of trees, making me feel like I’m in my own little world for a few blocks. I wanted to experience it one more time before the wet season socked us in.
With the seat warmer keeping me toasty warm, I made my way, smiling at the colors in the leaves. Suddenly, a gust of wind sent a handful of amber and red foliage fluttering towards me. Instinctively I shielded my head with an open hand (which in retrospect is rather odd). It’s funny the things that can startle us and even sillier the ineffective ways we try to instinctively protect ourselves.
Our Creator designed us with all kinds of built in defensive reflexes, but better than that, He promises to be our shield. I’d call that pretty secure covering! Much better than a soft-top or my flimsy hand.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. (Psalm 28:7 ESV)
Father, thank You that You cover us, shielding us from both seen and unseen dangers. Help us to trust You fully and to free fall into Your strong arms without fear or reservation. Amen.