Norway: A safe country (17 May 2011)

Lars Haukeland

After living over 9 years in England, I’ve relly come to appreciate that Norway is a relatively safe country. I remember in Coventry having police helicopters over our rooftops at night, in Wolverhampton the garage dealing drugs, and a in Cannock a man running through our backyard at the dark of night, running away from the police.

In Norway, even little ones can go to school without having to be followed by an adult or a group of kids. Children leave bikes laying by the wayside, and they’re stil there months after. The police is not armed. They have firearms locked down in their cars, and there are stricyt rules of when they are allowed to open them.

I feel realtively safe in Norway. It is a relatively safe country. It’s a good place for kids to grow up. I appreciate all this now when my kids are all teenagers. Living in the countryside has it’s advantages, and I realize that in the cities, there is more crime and drugs than out here. Still, shootings and stabings seem to be on the increase, even in our part of the world. I find myself asking myself: “Will I be as safe tomorrow as I was yesterday?”

Then I thought of Psalm 127:1, that says…
“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. ”
None of us are safe unless the Lord gives us protection. Sure, we could die any day, but we need to trst that the Lord will keep us safe.

I can turn it round a bit and ask the question:
Am I really safe in the safe country of Norway?
It is not a big target for the Taliban or terrorism!
Still, if we don’t trust in God, we have nothing.
Let us remember (I know I’ve said this many, many times) that every breath we take is a gift from God. Let us use our time wisely.
If you spend all your money, you can make more money.
If you waste your time, you can never get it back!
The Lord will be with us when we follow His leadership.

Matthew 6:25-32 says:
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment.
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Let’s put our worries asside and trust that the Lord will provide what we need.

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