Perfect Square

16 3 2 13
5 10 11 8
9 6 7 12
4 15 14 1

My daughter showed me a piece of paper tonight with the above box drawn on it. She asked me, “Why is this the perfect square?”

“I don’t know, why?”

“Because no matter how you add it up, the answer is always 34. Go ahead, try it and see if you don’t get 34 every time you add it up, no matter how you add it up – horizontal, diagonal, vertical – all 34.”

It got me thinking about God’s pursuit of us, his patience, and his grace. Perfect love, [I believe I’m learning] is when one stays with you no matter the road you take. It doesn’t matter which path we choose, which direction we travel – backward or forward, under or around, over the mountain or through the woods – we always end up back with Him. He is our perfect square – the perfector of our life. *There is no place we can go, no secret hiding spot, no get-a-way, no home, no vacation, no hell-on-earth… there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.

Psalms 91:9-11 tells us, “If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.”

Lord, may we realize that you are always at work in our lives. You didn’t cease working after creation, you are still working today, in ways seen and unseen. May we find ourselves on our knees, at your feet, seeking your perfect will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

*Romans 8:38-39

2 thoughts on “Perfect Square

  1. Beautiful! This made me think of Much Afraid in the book, ‘Hinds Feet On High Places.’ The Good Shepherd told her before she set out on the road of redemption and healing, “Just call to me anytime and I will be with you.” In leaving her abusive family to seek a healthy and whole life perfected in Christ, she had to face the valley before reaching the mountain top. The struggles of the journey seemed as if they would never end and she questioned The Good Shepherd’s chosen path many times, but He never left her alone and did absolutely lead her to the High Places. AMEN!

    Just A Few More Steps!

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