by Debra Torres
There was something in the cabinet that someone was trying to keep safe. It was in a shared office kitchen, but the creamer in that cabinet wasn’t for all to use. Thus the chain, the padlock, and the paper clip.
Yep, the paperclip.
That was the funny part. If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see it. The last link of the chain is connected to the padlock with what looks like a twisted paper clip.
I thought it was a funny site. How secure was the creamer, really? Who did it keep out? Probably anyone who wasn’t strong enough to untwist a paperclip.
I laughed at that and even took a picture with my phone. But the more I thought about the paperclip lock, the more I realized that I often do the same kind of thing in my own life.
And maybe you do, too.
Often, I’m so concerned about keeping the people and things in my life safe, that I set up my own kind of “paperclip locks” around them. Well, the locks might not be made out of paperclips, but compared to what could be up against them, they might as well be.
One of my biggest struggles is not trusting that God and His angels are bigger than any paperclip lock I can construct.
And not believing that God meant it when He said He will never fail me nor forsake me - that He holds me in the palm of His hand.
He actually means all that for me. And He means it for you too.
And, even though we need to do what we can to protect ourselves and our things, it’s a comfort to know that ultimately it’s the hand of God that covers and surrounds us.
And that’s way stronger than any paper clip.
Read What God's Word Says:
2 Samuel 22:3 (NIV)
3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior--
from violent people you save me.
Psalm 91:9-11 (NIV)
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
Be blessed today with a fresh understanding of who you are in Jesus Christ!
God, give this reader the courage to dig deep into Your living Word and discover Truth for themselves. Make this seeking heart brave so it can embrace You and experience Your presence.