The Suspenders

Saturday, September 24, 2011
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Deuteronomy 33:26-27 – There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, "Destroy him!" (NIV)

I have always had a problem. Long before the skinny-girl look was popular, there was me. I just don't seem to have a waist or hips; I'm just sort of all up and down in a straight line. Though this look has never bothered me, it sure causes a problem when it comes to slacks, jeans, and pants, not to mention skirts … if you get my drift.

Everything likes to slide instead of remaining where it is meant to be. I have tried tighter clothes. I have tried different styles. I have tried belts. But the only thing I end up with is indigestion, pinched skin, and discomfort. Finally, I came to a conclusion. I decided that at my age, I didn't care anymore what anyone thought, so I bought myself a pair of suspenders to wear with my slacks. They absolutely work wonders. They have solved my problem.

Suspenders hold things up. That's what they are meant to do, and I am extremely grateful to the person who invented them. I am even more grateful, however, to God who holds me up as a Christian. Life, unlike me, is full of curves. It isn't straight up and down. The path goes hither and thither. And sometimes that path can get a little bit scary — okay, maybe a whole lot scary. No matter what happens, however, as God's people, we always have His assurance that He is eternally with us, helping us, granting us refuge, and holding us up in His everlasting arms as He drives out before us whatever enemy we are facing.

Today as I feel my suspenders doing their job, how grateful I am that I know that God is doing His too!

Prayer: Father God, thank You that we can count on You today and every day to hold us up as Your children. Grant us faith this day to allow You to do Your job amidst whatever fearful, devastating, or confusing curves that life may bring our way. We praise You that we are safe with eternal victory in Your everlasting arms. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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