When I was bit younger, my oldest sister bought me a sweet little pink Hello Kitty blanket. It was about the size of a picnic blanket and it had small images of her face all over the front and back. Because I was (and still am) completely obsessed with Hello Kitty, I was so happy about that little baby! It wasn’t too thick, but surprisingly it could cover my whole body and it kept me very warm.
I always took it with me on long road trips, flights, and even to the movie theaters -- you know it can get real cold in there! I can remember grabbing it out of the dryer while it was still warm, and wrapping myself up in it. It was the best feeling because it gave me a strong sense of comfort and security.
Today, I still have my sweet little pink Hello Kitty blanket. It’s been with me through thick and thin and although I’ve had many chances to replace it or give it away, I refuse to let go! I even have a hard time sharing it and get a bit annoyed when someone wants to borrow it. How do I know Hello Kitty will be safe out there without me?!
With life experience came a hard but necessary realization: the tangible comfort and security that my sweet little Hello Kitty blanket gave me, wasn’t always going to suffice. I realized that not even the comfort that I yearned for from friends, family, relationships or money was going to cut it. I needed something that was solid - something that I could count on without a shadow of a doubt.
What I needed was the comfort of an intimate relationship with my Creator. I needed security of knowing and believing that every one of His promises were true - and that they were for me, and for you too!
I needed to know that when when He told me He would never leave me nor forsake me, He meant it.
I needed to believe that when He told me He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me, He meant it.
I needed to understand that when He told me He has loved me with an everlasting love, that I could count on that forever because He meant it.
And that He MEANS it, eternally.
My sweet little Hello Kitty blanket may get lost one day. It may get ruined in the wash, or I may have to pass it down to a younger family member. What’s lovely is that even though I would no longer have the comfort of wrapping myself up in that warm blanket, I will always be able to be comforted by the eternal promises of my Creator - and no one can take that away from me, or you!
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.