“He who hides in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. And I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge, and my fortress, my God in Him will I trust. “
Spring is the perfect time to exercise your faith. The entire season is all about faith. I’m sure at this point you’re wondering what I am basing this statement on. Some of you may even think the whole idea is absurd, but by the time I am finished with this paragraph you will understand where I am coming from. Springtime is when many people begin planning and planting a garden. When seeds are planted in the ground, we believe or have faith that in a few days there will be something popping up through the soil. One has to have faith that all the environmental elements will be just right in order to have a harvest. When a sparrow lays an eggs in the Spring, she has the hope that she is going to be a mother soon. When caterpillars build their cocoons, they have faith in a few days they will emerge a beautiful butterfly. When a bee is sent out scouting, the entire colony has faith it will return with evidence of pollen on its legs. Soon after green grass appears, the prospect of blooms and dandelions popping up in our yards comes into play. It is all based on faith.
Spring is also when unexpected dangers come to our attention. When spring arrives, more people are out and about and traveling on the road. There are intimidating plants, insects, life-threatening wildlife, allergies, and of course, the menacing weather systems. And the threats are not just on the outside. This is the time when people are in their homes doing Spring cleaning and finding unsuspected risks and perils. Since the weather is nicer and warmer, lots of people use this time to renovate their home interior, so accidents can happen at any time. During the torrential rains that come for many, or while doing the Spring cleaning, it is not uncommon to find spiders in the house. It is at this time of the year the Emergency Rooms find their waiting rooms filled more than any other time of the year. Poison Ivy, baneful bug bites, bee stings and aggravating allergies plague the doctors offices all across the country. There are so many matters that need to be considered when this time of the year comes around. Matters that many of us take for granted, for others can be life threatening. There are other issues that can pose real and very serious harm to all of our health and homes. But when we go out, we can know that we are armed with a weapon that will protect us from any and all of these looming dangers.
In the Spring of 2003, our local news stations were putting out the alarm about the mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus and everyone was at risk. I became extremely concerned about this and began seeking the Lord with this problem. I knew how to go up against people and the devil, but I didn’t know how to fight off insects. I know this sounds kind of funny, but to me, the threat was very real. The next morning, I got up and opened my Bible to Psalm 91 and began reading. I couldn’t believe my eyes! It tells how we are protected from pestilence! It talks about we have no need to fear “terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day (mosquitos), plagues that roam in the dark and epidemics that strike at noon. They will not come near you.” I used to be a magnet to mosquitos but since I read and stood on that scripture, I can count one hand the times I’ve been bitten. In verse 10, it says “No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your home. He will put His angels in charge over you.” How wonderful! Five years ago, my husband and I went out for an evening walk with our dogs on our property. Several Copperhead snakes, which are very aggressive and highly poisonous had been seen around our property, in previous days. While we were walking down our driveway, my husband spotted a copperhead, he told me not to take another step and don’t move. Our dogs were walking all around it, acting like it wasn’t even there! I was so afraid they were going to get struck or bitten. The snake kept moving as if it was out for an uninterrupted evening stroll of its own. It passed right by my feet and kept moving, toward the wooded area. My husband had no weapons on him to kill the creature. However, we were armed with the best weapon possible. We had God’s word that stated that no harm would come to us. No harm did come near us! At no time did we feel threatened. God’s angels were all around us, just as the scripture in Psalm 91 promised us they would be. Our animals acted as if the snake was not even there, so they never felt endangered either!
I can tell you time and time again of how the promises found in Psalm 91 have protected and kept us from true harm and illnesses. However, for you they would be just stories at this present time. So now, it is time for you to check out this scripture. Then you can see God has a hedge of protection that covers you and your household. Or maybe you have already, through faith in God’s Word, experienced the shield that Psalm 91 offers. If you have or when you do, I would LOVE to hear from you! I WANT to hear YOUR stories.
Spring is here! Don’t go out UNARMED!