A “keepsake” is defined as a small item kept in memory of the person who gave it or originally owned it. This sand footprint was made to be a keepsake. At first glance it seemed as an odd choice. How could something made of sand keep for any length of time? But in scanning the instructions, I saw that plaster of paris was used, so that it was not as fragile as I first thought.
Today’s verse is about committing something to God’s care. He keeps it. He keeps it safe and secure. It is something that will last into eternity; our soul. Paul is persuaded that God is able to guard what was entrusted to Him. He was so convinced of his future in Heaven that he was fearless in his defense and spread of the Gospel. Paul was able to face imprisonment and even death with a calm assurance. He knew where he was going and could stay loyal to the One who was keeping his soul secure.
I am so grateful that He keeps my soul. Even now, I have already died and my life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3) Being persuaded of this makes a difference to how I go through this journey. With my eternal destiny decided I can lose my life for His sake. And in doing so, I find life! (Mark 8:35) Having this assurance helps me hold on a little less tightly to all that is earthly. He is guarding for me a hope and future beyond anything that I can imagine.
Thank you Lord, for keeping me secure.