reflections of the heart
By Geralyn O'Brien
July 2, 2020
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My favorite cartoon characters are Snoopy and his sidekick Woodstock. However, Linus ranks pretty high on my list as well. Linus is almost always seen holding his blanket. His blanket symbolizes the need for security and reassurance and represents the cartoonist’s, Schultz, anxious and serious side. In my opinion, Schultz knew that both children and adults could relate to Linus’ desire to feel safe and secure.
Security and safety are basic needs that God designed into each person, so they could survive and thrive in this world. Recently, I have been stretched to understand some of my deep insecurities and fears. I realized that much of the time when I fall into the trap of listening to the world and not God, it’s because my anxieties over things like the impact of Covid-19 and the effects of racial injustices rise too high. When that happens, I feel fearful and immobilized to do anything useful or helpful.
As I slowly read Proverbs 25-29, I was reminded of the many ways that I look to people and the world to sooth my anxious, questioning heart. The book of Proverbs needs time to “wash” over you; you need to slowly soak in each wise word written. Proverbs 27:19 encouraged me to examine my heart in a new way and seek God as I asked Him questions like, “Does my life reflect that I love and follow Jesus?” and “Am I a reflection of God’s redeeming love?” It was Proverbs 29:25 that brought me the clarity my heart desired. Those who trust in the Lord, not in people will be kept safe.
God is my security blanket as I turn to Him and learn that His ways are reliable. He covers me with His grace and gently reassures me that He is my hope and refuge.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
— Proverbs 29:25
Prayer to start with: Father in heaven, by your grace give us faith in your unfailing love that can do impossible things. Increase our awareness of your Presence and encourage us to trust that your ways are the best. Amen