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by: Ellene Meece

Do you know what a "Safety Net" means in the business world? In banking it means a system of protection for bank customers provided through federal legislation. In investments it is represented by a portfolio management policy with a strategy in place to reduce the risk of significant losses - so the value can only decline to a certain limit.

In life, "Safety Net" means: underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27 - "The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. . ."

With all of life's uncertainties and twists and turns, we can have a preplanned strategy in place to prevent free fall. That strategy is: casting all our cares on Him, because He cares for us; relinquishing our control for His plan; resting in His provision and resources.

If one has ever been in a financial decline with sudden monetary sources completely depleted and insurmountable debt surrounding them, a safety net is very meaningful.

Even if one's fiscal life style is in place, a sudden loss and emotional disruption can feel like the edge of the cliff is before them and tumbling down, down into empty space is the only option.

Sometimes, simply life changes like a new job, a new school, a new challenge...any occurrence of stepping out of our comfort zone can test the safety net.

Zoe M. Hicks tells about an experience that gave a life analogy to this truth. "This summer I stepped out of my comfort zone and enrolled in an acting class. We began by reading our parts from scripts; the script gave me confidence, and I liked holding it in my hand as I acted my part. But as the class progressed, the professor asked us to memorize our parts. As I prepared for opening night, I was terrified I would forget some of my lines.

The day of the performance arrived, and our professor introduced us by saying, 'Tonight, our players are performing without a safety net, so send your positive thoughts out to them.'My heart pounded as I walked onto the stage with no script - feeling exposed and vulnerable.

As I reflected later on our professor's introduction, I realized that in life we never have to perform without a safety net. When Moses led the children of Israel to the brink of the Promised Land, his final words to them reminded them that through the journey God had been their refuge and strength in unknown territory. No matter what part we are given to play in life and how unfamiliar the stage, God's arms are underneath to uphold, comfort, and catch us if we fall."

Well said! We can be assured that when life happens, whether tragedy or moving out of our comfort zone, there is a safety net to secure us. And not just any safety net but His everlasting arms.



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