The security blanket and comforter
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Isaiah 49:13 (NIV)
Many babies find comfort in what is known in the UK as a dummy; I prefer the name given in the United States: a comforter. Other little ones adopt a soft piece of cloth with which they become inseparable, known as a security blanket. Opinions are divided over their merits, but no one can deny the reassurance that a security blanket and comforter can give. Is there anything more heart-warming than a sleeping baby? Snuggly warm, gently breathing and rosy cheeked, and totally at peace.
As we grow into adults, we can lose that sense of security and comfort. Life can make us cynical and unsettled at times. Sadly, as our parents leave this world, we can feel isolated – the secure world of childhood has gone forever.
I am of course referring to ideal childhoods, and oh that every child could experience that! As a Christian adult, it is so incredibly wonderful that our loving Father blankets us with His love. Not only that, He gives us a Comforter like no other.
Jesus has offered to take our burdens and deal with them, and we can be confident of this invitation. In Hebrews 4:10 we are offered rest: ‘…for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.’ As Jesus prepared to leave this earth, He gave us a gift of peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ (John 14:27). And He promises the mighty power of the Holy Spirit which the scriptures describe as ‘another Comforter’ (John 14:16 KJV).
Above all else, it is a comfort to know that God looks upon us with so much more love and compassion than we do when we see a sleeping infant. His heart is full of love for us which manifests itself in our comfort and security. All thanks and praise to Him.
Our wonderful Abba thank you so much for your infinite love and mercy. You are our comfort and our security, and we humbly thank you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, and also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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