The newest park ranger found it hard to locate a rental in an isolated small town. After many months, he found a perfect rental: tidy, small, and fully-furnished and with all snow removal as part of the rent. The apartment was tucked below the landlord’s two-story house. Its spacious yard was lined with tractors and trucks used for snow removal in town. The avid sportsman landowner also left shot-up clay targets along its flowerbeds.

As the young ranger paid the deposit and first month’s rent, he asked for the apartment keys. “Keys?” the landlord responded. “We don’t need keys here. We have guns!”

In the time that followed, the park ranger found he didn’t need keys, an alarm system, or motion lights. As a security system, the landlord’s guns worked just fine.
Though that “gun system” worked against break-ins and burglaries, where can one find a truly comprehensive security system that also cover floods, earthquakes, tidal waves, uncertainties, and personal challenges?


For thousands of years, God promised and showed the way through uncertainties for Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Jacob, Elijah, Elisha, Ruth, Mary, Jesus’ disciples, Paul, and scores of others. His promises still stand today.

“God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the seas, though its water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:1-4…7)

The cost of “God’s Comprehensive Security System”? Trust. Faith. Prayer. Communication. A lifetime commitment taken one step and one day at a time. His system never fails and neither does He.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]

About Jo Russell

Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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