A few of the comments yesterday in my Diabetes Art Day post mentioned that they had never heard the verse before that I involved in my artwork.
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I have been going to church for as long as I can remember, and I think sometimes I take that for granted. When I was contemplating my art project I knew I had a bunch of extra pump tubing, and realized I could braid it. As I was working, that verse immediately came to mind.
I think it is a perfect example of the power of the diabetes online community. By ourselves we can feel defeated and alone, but together we are strong and “not quickly broken.”
My faith is central to who I am, and there are many other passages in the Bible that mean a lot to me. I am going to try to post one every Friday with a short explanation. Hopefully someone else will also find some encouragement in them.
The Psalms are mostly the work of a man named David. That man had a crazy life! He was a shepherd who fought a giant, had to escape and hide from a king who was trying to murder him, later became king of Israel, committed adultery and conspired to have the woman’s husband murdered, and had a son who rebelled against him and tried to kill him and take over his kingdom.
When I am happy, sad, frustrated, angry, or any emotion in between there is usually a Psalm expressing the same feelings.
My favorite chapter in Psalms is chapter 73. I have referred to it on my blog before but wanted to explain a little bit more of the story. The author is looking around and watching all these people who are doing evil things and continuing to prosper. They’re healthy, they are “always free of care,” and have all the money they could want. He is frustrated that while he tries to do the right thing “every morning brings new punishments.” Then he is reminded that eventually all will be made right and that God is there for him no matter what.
It is a reminder that I often need to see. When I was in Israel in 2005, I had (as much as they could fit of) the passage engraved in Hebrew on a ring. The ring and my medical ID are the two pieces of jewelry that I am never without.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.