Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Guardians

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. (Psalm 56:3)

It's cold here! In fact it is downright cold, dark, and snowy. It's winter... Most days this week the forecast was calling for snow, heavy at times, predicted to start later and persist throughout the day. During my morning commute, driving towards the on ramp of the toll road I saw it...the gi-normus, orange truck with a huge plow on the front, with amber lights flashing. They were waiting...waiting for the snow to begin. Most of us breathe a sigh of relief as we know he (or perhaps she!) is there to help, to protect, and to keep safe, all of us that travel on that road.

Somehow those trucks always make us feel better.

Indeed we are blessed when we have such guardians in our own lives....those who show up when we are afraid, in trouble, or hurting. The ones who protect us and keep us safe. Our friends and family stand as guardians, intervening as needed.

But there are guardians who not only protect and help us, but also call out warnings of impending danger. They are brave enough to tell us of the need to change direction, or perhaps most importantly tell us that our behavior is sinful. These guardians are fearless risk takers who love us too much to allow us to continue down a wrong path. These guardians are truth tellers who persist in their message despite our unwillingness to listen. These guardians rarely need to shout (but sometimes they do!) but rather are gentle and kind, yet unapologetic for their devotion to our well being.

These are the guardians we would do well to cultivate in our lives.

grace and peace...

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