When the new Lydia House was under construction, Candace Gregory asked the staff to share Scripture that would be on the walls of the new Lydia House. I saw this as a great ministry opportunity to share this special verse with the ladies and families who would be living there. I quickly thought of Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of Your eye, hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” I had always heard the saying, “you are the apple of my eye” but I had no idea that it came from God’s Word. When I saw this verse in the Bible it became very special to me.
The reason is before I came to know the Lord as my Savior, I struggled with very low self esteem. I was in a very abusive relationship, unmarried, the mother of two young girls, living in the projects, living off of disability and ADC. One day in my apartment, I heard Billy Graham preach a sermon about “Cosmic Loneliness” which he explained as the emptiness we have without Jesus Christ in our lives. After hearing his simple plan of salvation, I gave my life to the Lord and He changed my life. Jesus gave me the peace and the security I had always longed for. Now 36 years later, I see ladies at the Lydia House struggling with the feelings as I did. They too need the peace and security that is found only in Jesus Christ.
This picture is a comparison of how tiny we are compared to the Lord and how He hides us under the shadow of His wings. The picture reminded me of a time my family and a friend visited the SAC Air and Space Museum near Lincoln, NE. I was tired and sat down on a bench to rest. When I looked up, I noticed that I was sitting under a wing of a large jet. I immediately quoted Psalm 17:8 and it blessed my heart.
One morning, while working the night watch shift, I needed to heat my food so I went to the first floor single ladies’ lounge. While waiting, I looked up and there in big bold letters was Psalm 17:8 on the north wall. I thought of the blessing the verse is to me and the time I sat under the wing of a jet. Tears of joy and filled my eyes as I realized that there are women at Lydia House who need to know that they are the apple of the Lord’s eye, too.
I thank God for the opportunity of sharing a verse that has blessed my life and pray that it will bless someone else. It is so special to have a Lord who loves us, protects us and who indeed “keeps me as the apple of His eye and hides me under the shadow of His wing.”
Janice M. Loud
Lydia House Night Watch House Supervisor