Protect & Prevent

And all in the crowd were trying to touch Jesus, for power came out from him and healed all of them. 

Luke 6:19

I was recently thinking about all the things we do on a daily and ongoing basis in the way of protection and prevention. We put sunscreen on to prevent sunburn. We take vitamin supplements to protect against bone loss and to boost our immune system. We strap on our seat belts and secure our little ones in car seats as we head down the road in our airbag- equipped vehicles. We spend a great deal of money on insurance….auto, home, health…all “just in case” we have accidents, fires, or illness.

Just think about all the protective gear we use in our extra-curricular activities. We wear helmets for skiing, biking and many team sports. We strap on protective padding to play football and hockey. Our kids learn to rollerblade with knee, wrist and elbow pads. All of these things we use to protect against accidental injury.


As I head out to do yard work, I grab sunglasses to protect my eyes from getting poked by a random branch and the obvious sun rays, gloves and long sleeves to prevent scratches and scrapes from thistles and thorns. We apply all sorts of things to our landscape to prevent weeds and insect infestation. If we get an accidental cut, we apply antibiotic ointment and a bandaid to prevent infection.

Ok, you get the idea, huh? Protect and prevent. Looking at it from a different angle…what do we do in terms of protection and prevention when it comes to lifes’ unexpected happenings? Are we ready to handle a serious illness, death of a loved one, or a thousand other things that we as humans come up against, but usually don’t “plan for?” A mom recently told me she wished she could wrap her kid in bubble wrap to protect him from all the bad stuff that was sure to hit him as he headed off to the big bad world of middle school. If only it were that easy, right? 



I know people who have gone through some pretty awful and certainly unexpected things and they are still standing, still functioning in their lives. The common denominator in their situations is that they all have a great faith and they are surrounded by strong and supportive relationships. Those things didn’t happen by accident or without hard work. If we all spent a little more time building our relationships, both with God and others, we’ll be better equipped to handle those hard life happenings when they inevitably arrive. And the best thing about them...they are free for the asking. Let's get to work!

Andrea H.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Julie wrote:
wise words as always! Thanks, Andrea!

Thu, May 19, 2011 @ 10:44 PM

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