“Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually.”
—Psalm 119:117 NKJV
My youngest granddaughter, Allie (short for Alexandra), has a little rabbit that her older sister, Rylie, named Fuzzie.
Fuzzie spends most of his time in a cage, though it is a large one. Seems like a cruel thing to do to a rabbit, but it comes down to how you look at things.
When we get Fuzzie out for Allie she will squeal with absolute delight. And in her excitement she sometimes does not hold Fuzzie the rabbit in exactly the right way. She once picked him up by the head! But he is a resilient little guy and was just fine.
After one of these recent outings, I was returning Fuzzie and about three feet away he leapt out of my arms for the open door of his cage!
I think Fuzzie likes to be there.
For us, this seems like a confining place to put a rabbit. But judging by his actions, Fuzzie, an actual rabbit who lives in a cage, does not see it that way.
He does not see the cage as a place that keeps him imprisoned from the outside world but a place that keeps him safe . . . from Allie!
In the same way, we look at Gods’ Word, which contains absolutes. He gives us things we are to do and things we are not to do.
Some people don’t like those absolutes and commandments. They see them as a cage, keeping them from what they think they really want.
But when we come to realize that God’s rules and laws are not designed to “ruin our fun,” but to provide a place of safety and security, we find that instead of being confining and restricting, His commandments are actually very liberating.
Out of their long and painful journey has come a really helpful survival guide, so to speak. It’s a book called Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything. It’s not just an inspiring story of triumph through trials but a how-to book for accepting God’s plan and recognizing His providence even when it feels like your world is shattered.