Recently, I started canning, or preserving as some people call it. Actually, the only thing I've canned is salsa. We eat a lot of salsa at our house and it is so annoying to run out. So one afternoon I made three batches of salsa which filled 13 small cans. I have given some away and we have opened two cans at my house. One day we are out and I asked my husband to get another jar from the cabinet. "What did you put in this salsa?" He asks with a weird look on his face. I explain nothing out of the ordinary, then I look in the jar and there is mold! How could this be? All the cans popped when I put the lids on, there should not be mold there. We opened another jar and there was no mold and it smelled like salsa. All is well with the world. Except I did give about 4 cans away and I'm hoping none of them had mold in them.
"As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!" Psalm 40:11
According to dictionary.com, preserve means to keep safe, to maintain, to keep from harm. When you preserve food you are keeping it safe, keeping it from mold (except my one can). When God preserves you He's keeping you safe, He's maintaining you, He's keeping you from harm, and sometimes He's just keeping you company. The tricky part about God preserving you is He wants to do it. He truly loves you and wants to help you. BUT you have to let Him, you have to let Him in, You have to let your guard down and be willing to give up control. Often, we don't want to do this because, like in my case, you are admitting defeat. You are admitting you can't handle it. In my own life I know if I keep feeling I can do it all alone God's going to do something to bring me flat on my face begging for Him to take over.
As I read through Psalm 40 this morning I was thanking God for that passage almost after reading every verse. If you get a chance today prayerfully read through Psalm 40.