These are words uttered by a child who should not even have to think about such things. Yet before many of the children at ZOE were rescued, safety was not something they could take for granted.
What is the value of safety? For most of us, the definition of what safety looks like is very different from the above quote. Sometimes our safety lies in holding onto false securities; the areas of our lives that replace wholehearted abandon to God such as pride, food, our loved ones, money and even ministry. We cling to things for a variety of reasons rather than giving complete control to God. There are also those places of deceptive safety where we hide from things that would bring about the plan of God in our lives and how He wants to impact the lives of others through us. This is false safety - fear. We may play it safe by not stepping out and praying for someone to be healed. We may refrain from preaching the gospel, or doing something for the Lord He has placed on our heart to accomplish with Him.
The other area of safety is probably the one we most often think of, our physical safety. Often we can take this basic need for granted if we are not careful. Sometimes we may forget the value of a shelter, our comforts, our homes, having our family and friends and the security and love they afford us. Even going about our day and having the freedom to live our lives and make our own decisions is something other people, often children, may never experience. Having the assurance of a shelter from darkness both physically and spiritually is a gift.Knowing the love of the Father and having Him cover you with His wings is the safest place to be of all.
This safe place is something ZOE desires for all children to experience and is one of the first things that a child is told when they arrive at ZOE: You are loved and you are safe! Over and over again as you read the ZOE stories of rescue you read these words; “they are safe”, “she is safe at ZOE”, “children live happily and safely”.
At ZOE, children are safe.
The Lord is our trustworthy refuge, our shelter who lifts us high above the enemy. He wants us to know the safety of intimate fellowship with Him. It is here where the fatherless are wrapped and embraced in the arms of the Father. We are ever conscious of His love and acceptance as His child.
In the arms of our Father, we are all safe.
Written by ZOE Supporter Jennifer Barnett