Beach time!

Beach time!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Shelter, love, and refuge

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.
Psalm 91:4-5

I am feeling burdened tonight with some tough situations and what better way to feel comfort than to look at the way that God provides shelter, love, and refuge for His children. This passage does not indicate that no harm will ever come to us or those we love. But rather, that when we are in His refuge, we can have joy even in the painful times. He will be our shield. We can hurt but we don't have to fear, remembering that fear does not come from God.

There is no better shelter for a young bird than his mother's feathers. God knew what that young chick would need from the moment it cracked out of the egg, vulnerable and needing the protection of a parent. God knows we, too, need protection and love. The difference with us is that we so very often leave His protection with the belief that we can survive, even thrive, without His care. Unfortunately, we sometimes get hurt before we realize that we do, indeed, need his protective covering. The amazing thing about God is that He doesn't begrudge us coming back time and time again. He would rather we stay put but He is so glad to have us back that He welcomes us without hesitation.

Lord, I want to have the humility and strength to stay beneath your covering. There I will find peace, protection, and a covering that protects my heart from fear and worry. Thank you for loving us into repentance. Thank you for being so good that we desire You.

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