Children find their security in the love of parents, a place to call home, food when they are hungry, and friends with whom to play. There is perhaps never a more secure time in life than a good childhood.
As teens, security turns to the surrounding of friends, popularity, and social acceptance. Young people are secure in their dreams of the future.
Young adults are arrogant in their own power to face the world, find their way, fall in love, and watch their dreams come true. They often still believe their parents have all the answers to life’s riddles, and that they are well on their way to finding the same answers.
In middle age, we begin to reflect upon where we are and where we thought we would be. The two usually don’t come out to be exactly equal. The sense of security we had comes into question.
As we get older, we find ourselves often alone. Friends leave. People we thought would be with us forever die. At some point we realize that no one has all the answers. Life remains a challenge and a mystery. We do the best we can.
Someone told me once that we spend the first half of our lives trying to accumulate things and the second half trying to get rid of those things.
We have health insurance, life insurance, car insurance, house insurance, flood insurance, earthquake insurance, and yet there is no security in such things.
I had to have the good folks from Harlan 2 Way Home security come out this week and check my alarm system. Thanks to them, issues were quickly resolved and all is well. Often, an alarm system is for the protection of the one who thinks they might gain profit by robbing a home. On the other end of an alarm system is often a loaded weapon and someone who would not hesitate to defend what is their own. An alarm is a good opportunity for a thief to change his/her mind.
Still, there is no real security at the end of a loaded weapon or an alarm system.
Money, although it makes life easier along the way, does not guarantee a long or happy life, success or security. I have often found that the wealthiest people I know are also often the most troubled. Wealth does not guarantee security.
Where then can security be found?
In my own life, my security comes in my faith in God. My grandfather, Wick Hamlin, used to say, “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging for bread.” Father of 16, who had also suffered from tuberculosis, had security in the faithfulness of God.
I know that I can accomplish little in this world on my own, but I can do all things through Christ who guides and strengthens me. In my opinion, the only security any of us have is in our relationship with our Creator and the preparations we make of eternal value.
If we live to be one thousand years old, there would still be unanswered questions, people coming and going, life changes all about us. The only thing that would not change would be the faithfulness of God to those who walk with Him, and the constancy of His love.
Security escapes me on so many fronts, but the security in my relationship with God is the most steadfast element of my life. Like my grandfather, I have never been forsaken. And even though I’ve been broke, hungry, and displaced, I’ve never been begging for bread. I am persuaded that my security in Christ is the most valuable relationship I will ever own.
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