Last summer, I got the opportunity to work in the vast landscape of Alaska.

My uncle had offered two of my cousins and me a job constructing a cabin on a speck of land about two hours north of Anchorage. During my stay, there were many instances where I felt completely protected by God's unrelenting care. We were able to complete several projects efficiently. Also, the support I felt from my entire extended family reflected the joy and love that radiate from God.

One day, I had a wooden support beam roll onto my arm as I was building. The beam was so heavy I couldn't move it, and it pinned my arm in a very uncomfortable position for about 30 seconds. But I actually felt completely calm. And it occurred to me that something "supportive," like the beam, represents qualities of strength and stability. These were qualities with a spiritual foundation behind them. And since God supported me, He wouldn't let harm come to me in any way. My cousins and uncle were nearby and were soon able to run over and quickly move the beam. There was no resulting injury to my arm.

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