Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Security Blankets by Martin Wiles

I wasn’t a fan of the show or comic strip, but one character mesmerized me.

Linus van Pelt was created by Charles Schulz for his comic strip Peanuts. He was Charlie Brown’s best friend and Lucy’s younger brother. He initially appeared in 1952 but didn’t speak until 1954, the same year he was shown with his “security blanket”-a term he coined.

Linus’ emotional attachment to the blanket manifested itself in physical symptoms when he was separated from it. When Lucy had it laundered, he became weak and dizzy. When she buried it-attempting to break him of his habit, he dug up the neighborhood.

While wrangling with the religious leaders over his identity, Jesus informed them that those in a relationship with him were safe. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28).

Humans crave security. Storms aren’t as frightening when in my house. I don’t worry as much about thieves when my home and car doors are locked. Smoke alarms soothe my fear of burning up if the house catches fire. Paying into the Social Security system alleviates the fear of depending solely on savings or retirement.

But my ultimate “security blanket” is belief in what Jesus said. When connected to him by faith, my present and eternal lives are secure. No one can snatch me from him, nor will he discard me as children often do their security blankets when they get older. I may plan and prepare for my earthly future, but ultimately God controls it and will care for my needs. Christ is the only “security blanket” we need. Have you connected by faith?

Prayer: Merciful Father, motivate us to find our ultimate security in You rather than things and other people.