The Keeper

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Wiping my hands on a cup towel, I turned from the Alfredo sauce to face Clayton. Looking at his solemnity, I knew I needed to adjust dinnertime.

This money needs to last me all summer,” he said, handing me a fat bank envelope. “I’ve been saving for about a year, and I’d like you to keep it for me.” 

As team leaders, my husband and I regularly aided our college volunteers with housing, transportation, and food. Although this would be my first time playing banker, it was just another of our rotating responsibilities. Hiding a college student’s stash was the least of my worries.

Relieved, I accepted the nest egg and disappeared into our study. I returned to the kitchen within moments to butter the garlic bread and toss the salad. Fifteen summer volunteers would arrive for dinner any minute, and I felt behind in preparation.

A few weeks later, while a group of students visited in our living room, Clayton requested the envelope. “Just tell me where it is,” he said, “and I’ll take care of it myself.” 

This time it was my face that bore solemnity. I paused my Martha-like busyness and thought back to accepting his stash. I remembered its weighty thickness and the Arkansas bank imprint, but I had no idea where I’d hidden it. Turning from my guests, I hurried to our home office and began to open drawers. Clayton’s eyes followed, widening as I thrashed unsuccessfully through every cubbyhole in our study.

We reimbursed Clay, helping him throughout the summer and handing him the remaining sum when he boarded his international flight home. Despite regular rummaging, I didn’t find the cash until well into the fall semester. (Never again will I use the leaves of a random book on a shelf to conceal valuables.) 

Thankfully, there is a Keeper that is far more dependable than I am. He is able to guard all that we entrust to Him and do so with an extraordinary steadfastness. Whether it is cash, children, or circumstances, He protects with military guard all that we give to Him. Even our hearts and minds are protected from hostile invasion when we faithe rather than worry (Philippians 4:6-7).

Look at God’s promises about keeping and guarding us: 

“I, the LORD, am (your) keeper;

I water (you) every moment.

So that no one will damage (you),

guard (you) night and day” (Isaiah 27:3)

“You, who, in the power of God are being guarded, through faith, unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4-5 Young’s Literal Translation)

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” (Isaiah 26:3 New Living Translation)

“The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:6-7)

“He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10)

Because He is all-knowing and omnipresent, He will never misplace what we entrust to Him (Psalm 147:5; Jeremiah 23:23-24). Unlike my unfocused attention to Clayton’s savings, “He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him” (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV). Aren’t we glad? 

Father, encourage me to entrust You with more. More of my concerns, more of my worries, more of my problems. May I become convinced that You are good at keeping everything and everybody we give to Your care. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.