In times of crisis, the kind of communication that is best is simple, clear and consistently repeated.
Talk to triage teams in the ER or first responders. Talk to counselors or pastors who show up to minister to a family who has just experienced a sudden tragedy. They’ll tell you.
Simple. Clear. Consistently repeated.
That’s why I like this song right now. It’s by Michael W. Smith. It is simple, clear, and consistently repeated. Very repeated. That’s part of the song’s strength as it communicates a simple and clear message.
It helps your heart to not just speak or sing, but believe these words as a prayer to God:
“It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by you.”
Enjoy the song this weekend: https://youtu.be/DpuUlPfx0Ow
PRAYER: Dear God, my Shield and Protector, you promise to deliver me from my enemies, from all threats and from any evil. I know that often, instead of making them disappear, you appear on the scene and stand by me, fight for me and take care of me. I trust you, Lord. And I ask you to be a Protector today for (name of a person who needs the Lord). Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Psalm 5:11,12 talks about being surrounded by God. Spend time in these words and this song. Repeatedly until the song is stuck in your head and the words of the Psalm are memorized.
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:11,12).