(Thanks to our dear friend Larry for the inspiration for this post.)
We have gotten to know our plumbers very well since June. During the summer, failing old pipes necessitated that they refit all the incoming pipes in our house. Now in the fall, a failing drain has brought these pleasant workers, who are now friends, back to our house. (I wish they would just come for coffee, though.)
When the summer work was being done, it was necessary for them to open up three places in our walls. Two in the living room and one in our main bathroom. Opening the walls revealed problems we didn't even know we had, but thankfully repairs were possible and implemented. While the plumbers did a marvelous job on our pipes, it is not in the scope of their practice to replace the sheetrock. That was up to us.
When our walls, that which secures and protects us are down, we feel vulnerable. This is not only true in a physical sense of the walls of our homes, but also the walls of our own person. We all have things that act as walls to us, things which give us a sense of security, safety and protection.
We need not fear when those walls -of sheet-rock or less tangible substance - are "down," for the Lord told us, "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me (Isaiah 49:16.)"
Our "walls," our things which are dear, important and necessary to us, are continually before our Lord. Nothing can come near us which escapes His notice. We are so dear to Him that He continually watches over us.
We need not fear of our safety, either, for it is not made of brick and sheet-rock, of strength of muscle or stoutness of heart. "The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD" (Proverbs 21:31.)"
He alone is all we need to know safety, peace and joy.