God's Protection

August 17, 2004
by Lili Gonzalez-Zarle

Psalm 32:7 – You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. (NASB)

A female cat started coming to our house, back in March 2003. She was pregnant and gave birth to three kittens in May that year. My family and I started feeding her and her kittens. Even though they were not domesticated and didn't have any care for us, we felt compassion for them. We even gave them names. Mi Linda was the mother, and the kittens were Mary Linda, SJ, and Tiger.

A few months later, we lost Mi Linda to a fatal accident. Our hearts were so broken that we cried for days. For a short time after, all three kittens continued to come for food. Eventually, though, only one stayed. That was Mary Linda.

Mary Linda just gave birth to three kittens. We brought them into the house to protect them from the rain and the bad weather outside. We don't want any harm to come to them. But Mary Linda, being an outside cat, is not happy being indoors. She always cries to be let out. Even though we are taking care of her and her kittens, offering them protection, she would prefer to leave the security and run away.

Isn't that the same with us and our Father in heaven? He wants to protect us. He wants to take care of us. He wants us to come to Him in all circumstances. We, however, so often, turn away and run from Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we come to You with humble hearts to ask You to forgive us when we want to run away from You. We ask that You will never leave us or forsake us. Keep Your guarding and protecting arm around us. Please help us to be better sons and daughters for You. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Lili Gonzalez-Zarle
Akron, Ohio, USA

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