In Safe Hands

I kept watch over my loved one all night. My family was in the hospital for ten days about a month ago. The first night there, I could only sleep for about thirty minutes in the hospital room recliner, and then it became someone else’s turn to attempt to sleep. I sat in a backless computer chair near the hospital bed and watched my loved one breathe in and out as he slept. I watched and prayed.

The next day, I knew that I needed to go home and sleep if I was going to function at all and be useful. But I didn’t want to leave the hospital. Everyone was stable, but I cringed at the thought of something happening while I was gone. As I stood in front of the Coke machine to get my family some drinks, I prayed. I asked God if it would be OK to go home. A whispered thought came across my mind, and it was God speaking. He said, “He’s in safe hands.” I knew the hospital was giving excellent care, but I also knew that God was talking about His hands. We would all be safe in His hands.

This Christmas season, we want our family and friends to be safe and healthy. We long for peace on earth and peace in our souls. But reality shows us that we live in a world full of suffering, wars, and tragedy. Yet Jesus promises us His peace.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27 NKJV

Trusting Jesus activates His peace in our lives. His peace is always available to us, but we have to accept it. When we depend on Jesus’ power, love, and wisdom, we can walk in peace that He is with us and will help us in every aspect of our lives. He doesn’t give us the world’s quality of peace, but His own. Steadfast, enduring, calming, and strengthening. This is the peace of Christ.

In the challenges and uncertainties of life, may you find in Jesus the peace that “surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7 NKJV). We can have peace because Jesus has promised it and given it. We can have hope because we serve a God of miracles and love. We can rest in His plan and provision because He is good and does good. Find peace in the hands of God. You’re safe in His hands.

 

© 2015 by Katy Kauffman

peace, the peace of God, challenges and trials of life, adversity, hope, John 14:21, In Safe Hands, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Comments (14)

  • anon

    Katy,  Beautiful,  I cried as I thought of you standing there watching your loved one.  These are the times where we experience the overwhelming peace of God when we invite Him into the situation.   Thank you for sharing.
    So glad your loved one is doing better.

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing your comment, Cherrilynn. I appreciate all your prayers and concern! I like what you said about inviting God into the situation. Another way of saying "trust Him."
     

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Beautiful, Katy! You and your family were certainly surrounded with prayer during those long days. 
    I, too, have sat at a loved one's bed. One of the hardest things for me to do was to leave and entrust my Mom to God's hands. He brought several verses to mind that gave me peace and I was able to rest. I wonder why it is that trusting God is so hard. I've seen His hand protect me and loved ones over and over but it seems to be a lesson I have to relearn.. Praise Him, He's always there to teach me.

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for those prayers! I think it's hard because we love our people, and we can see that they are in pain or trouble. It takes faith to trust in a God we can't see, yet we can see His provision and feel His peace. So He does give evidence that He is trustworthy. And He loves our loved ones even more than we do.
    I am glad He is patient and caring, and knows how to lead us to trust Him more. Thanks for sharing!
     

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    the only way to TRUE peace is thru the TRUE Prince of Peace...
     

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Yes, it is! Thank you, Andi.

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    I love that image- that we're in safe hands when we're in the hands of God. I needed that reminder today!

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    I'm so glad to hear it. Thank you for telling me, Ally!
     

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Love what you said here! Full of truth!!! "Trusting Jesus activates His peace in our lives. His peace is always available to us, but we have to accept it."
     
    www.DevotedToMaker.com

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, Johanna. Trusting Him is a daily choice!
     

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Beautiful--and what a great reminder. Needed to hear this today. Thank you, Katy.

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, and may God show in many ways that He is with you, Leigh! 
     

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Thanks, Katy, for sharing this. It brought back memories of sitting by my mom's bed the week before she died last December and having to entrust my mom into His hands. So thankful for your reminder that we are all in God's hands and can find peace in that.

    Dec 08, 2015
  • anon

    Dear Crickett, I'm sorry you had to go through that difficult time, and I hope God holds your heart close to His this Christmas season. Thank you for sharing, and I hope His peace abides with you. When we face trials, we need God's reassurances, don't we? I appreciate the chance to be more connected with you online. May God bless your writing and ministry. 
     

    Dec 08, 2015

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