Swimming in a large body of water like the beach has always scared me. If I can’t see what’s surrounding me or underneath me, I can’t feel safe.
I don’t like surprise attacks! Who does?
Fortunately, the calmness of the scene, the noise of running waters, or breaking waves can repair the damage done by the fear. But it’s the look of an umbrella left open standing in the middle of the sand that draws me to a new perspective: what is it like living under an umbrella of protection?
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.” Psalm 91:4
It’s amazing how we change as we age. Kids love to play in the rain—and with no umbrella, please! Older people will definitely carry an umbrella if not to protect them from the sun or from the rain, at least to support them as they walk or to serve as a weapon in case they need to defend themselves.
Funny? You know what I’m talking about!
But being under an umbrella of protection can actually mean a lot more when it comes to the youth lifestyle. You need to know that living under umbrellas of protection will spare you much pain, many regrets, and will help you achieve your goals. Here are the main ones:
Family – the support of a family will guide you to higher levels of achievement. The accountability required when you are part of a family may sound like an invasion of privacy at first, but it will actually help you keep your path on the right track and not get distracted with things that could destroy you or your future.
The Bible – The perfect manual of instructions for safer living. Don’t pick and choose from it what to believe and follow. That would mean to deceive yourself and waste time. Read it; practice what you read. There is much protection as you make the right decisions based on God’s Word’s guidance.
Church – fellowship with a body of believers will encourage you to pursue God’s best and keep you progressing in the right direction. Learn from the ones who bear a good conduct and try to do even better than them. Nevertheless, you should not follow any person as your ultimate role model. People will fail you. Your relationship with God should undoubtedly be above any other relationship and therefore dictate your lifestyle.
You will only know the power of living under protection when you experience it yourself. This is one thing you should not merely observe in other people’s lives. Learn it by experience!