Shortly before he died of lung cancer, singer Nat King Cole made this timely and thought-provoking observation: "When facing death, the so-called big things become small things, and you find the so-called small things are really the most important things."
One of the so-called small things that suddenly becomes big in time of bereavement is God's word in the Bible, especially the verse we shall consider today: The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms."
An infant boy had not yet reached the age when he found a bath enjoyable. He stiffened his arms and legs and began to scream at the slightest change in position while in the water. But as soon as his mother gathered him into a warm towel, with her arms around him, the noise subsided.
A four-year-old brother, watching this procedure, said to his mother, "Mom, do you know why Stevie stops crying?"
"Because underneath him are your arms!"
How like a baby we are in God's eyes! We flounder around and literally scream from fear. But as soon as we come to realize that God's everlasting arms can encircle us, protect and comfort us, our fears fade and eventually disappear completely.
"Underneath are the everlasting arms." Through faith and prayer, I place myself in those arms every morning when I wake up. I know not what may happen during the day, but no matter what happens, I shall have the comfort of knowing that I am in the everlasting, all-powerful, all-loving arms of Jesus. His strength will be my strength. His victory will be my victory- no matter what happens.
"Underneath are the everlasting arms." Every evening before I fall asleep- and what is sleep but a preparation for the final sleep of death- I place myself in the hands of my Lord. "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit this evening as I sleep. Watch over me, protect me, uphold me." I know not whether I shall wake up the next morning on earth or in heaven, but it doesn't really matter; for no matter where I wake up "underneath will be the everlasting arms" of my Lord.
How truly wonderful it is to live by this promise of Scripture: "The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms." If my "dwelling place" is with God; if I live with Him and for Him every day, then underneath me will always be His everlasting arms providing me with a security and peace that pass all understanding.
Coniaris, Anthony M. 1978, Christ’s Comfort: for those who sorrow, Light and Life Publishing Company, USA, pp. 31-33.