The Place of Security {and Radical Departures}

 “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Jim Elliot
Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.
 When he had finished speaking, 
Jesus left and hid himself from them.
John 12:36
Why is yes like light, and no like dark?
Yes, light and good go together; dark, bad and no are all intertwined.
Don’t tell me there is no difference between light and darkness, good and bad. That evil doesn’t exist.
That everything is true.That just because you decide that truth is not convenient, it is a lie, or that it is to be discarded, tossed out as garbage.
I despise arguing with illogical people but worse still is the one who borders genius at 12 and can logically argue with me beyond years…
Yet is not yielded to light, but walking toward darkness.
I have always felt uncomfortable when people have applauded my mothering or parenting.
Or when they criticize and boo it. Even more so when others look at my child and commend me or chide me depending on the circumstance and behavior. It felt wrong. I have observed much in my life. I consider myself a professional observer.
I have observed children rebelling against godly parents. And I have observed children of the ungodly exceed morally upright expectations and example. I have seen offspring of God-fearing, Believing Christians, embrace darkness and I have seen children with the worst possible beginnings end up walking in light and truth victoriously.
Who escapes darkness?
Who gets the credit?
It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.
Psalm 75:7
Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”
John 7:24
I have been on an unexpected journey this week.
A radical departure from the “plan”.
In life there are a few things I did not plan.
Oh, heck there are a slew of things I have experienced that were not in my plan.
I do know this today:
If I belong to Jesus, and I do,
He will not let me depart from the path He has for me.
If I make a mistake, He will surely guide me back to the path of safety.
If I run far from fear and fail to trust,
He will lead me back to the Everlasting Arms and give me rest again,
cradle me close to His bosom.
The place of security is not always the place you think, but sometimes the place you fear to travel, though long to go.
“It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates”
Amy Carmicheal
Is there something the Lord is calling you to do, believe or trust that feels a little scary? Why?
Or is God calling you to depart from the road your on for the road less traveled, and you doubt? Why?
“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5a
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6
I promise to tell you more about this unexpected journey on Monday.
No, it does not include Hobbits.
But something precious…yes, that it does.

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

8 thoughts on “The Place of Security {and Radical Departures}

  1. I so agree that GOD deserves far more credit than we give him, and too often take for ourselves. I feel the same way about parenting–just because my daughters seem “good” to someone, doesn't mean *I* did such wonderful things. Glory goes to God for all good gifts!


  2. Living radically requires great risk. I commend you on embarking on your unexpected journey. Trusting Him to lead and guide is what faith is all about. Good food for thought! Thanks!Christy @ A Heartening


  3. Dawn: As believers we sometimes are faced with hard decisions. We have to pray and trust God for the outcome. David wrote.”The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; your love, O Lord,endures forever-do not abandon the works of thy hands.” Psalm 138:8


  4. My sons are all adults, and I am still learning to “release” them and trust God for their lives and futures. Parenting doesn't stop when the child reaches 18. But at some point we have to let go and let God be in charge,and trust Him to do His job. Yes, we continue to give wisdom, pray, lead, guide, pray, pray pray. But the end result all belongs to Jesus…He knows how to take care of their minds, bodies, and souls, both now and for eternity. No matter how young they are, or how head strong they are…or how wounded. Trust Him to help you make the right decisions…and to bring about the right results. (In HIS time…)


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