by Lori Dixon
3/27/2013 / Devotionals
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 (ESV)
During my years as a single mom, this verse held me. More than that, it held me together.
I repeated it out loud and often whenever I felt overwhelmed and alone. My girls would sometimes echo it from the backseat of our old, run-down minivan.
Years later, I was watching my son-in-law stoop cautiously behind our grandson as he was learning to walk, and realized I was witnessing this verse come to life. A father's protective stance; following behind a child, arms wrapping around to the front, one hand firmly holding the child's tiny fingers for support; the other at the ready to scoop and rescue if necessary.
I remembered how I clung to that verse, how it was an ever-present help in my time of need, and I knew that my Father had followed so close behind--and before--me during those lonely years. And so thankful He still does.
Mind blowing to think how much He loves and protects us . . . yet this same Father was willing to sacrifice His only Begotten to make this living, amazing relationship with us possible.
Unmerited Grace, Unfathomable Love.
Wife, mother & servant of Christ
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