Take Cover

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Ps 91:4

Bouncing back from disappointment, loss, or an irritating situation can take time. When you’re hurting, the thing you need to do is nurse your wounds for a little while, regroup, then go back out and face the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if that saying we learned as kids were true in our lives today? “I’m rubber, your glue. Everything yo say bounces off me and sticks to you.” What a relief it would be if angry words, dirty looks, and cruel actions had no power to hurt us. 

Many of us have frying pans coated with Teflon, because food doesn’t stick to it. The scientists at Dow Chemical have come up with what might be called the next generation of Teflon: a flourocarbon formula that can be sprayed or brushed onto a surface. It’s been suggested it might be used to repel graffiti on subway walls, to ward of barnacles on ships, dirt on wallpaper, and ice on aircraft. This substance is actually an adhesive and an abhesive. Its base sticks to whatever it’s applied to, but it’s surface repels moisture. 

This is a little like being in the world, but not of it. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” (John 17:15-16) “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (v. 18) 

We have to come into contact with a lot of negatives throughout our lives, but we don’t have to absorb them or let them become part of us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can stick to God. Then his presence and power in our lives will not allow us to be coated with anything that will drag us down. 

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