Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I read a line in a book today (An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell)
She said "Whether God provides (what we are praying for) or simply (provides) the strength to endure, we have a place to run and find rest in His sanctuary until the storm passes"
That brings so many images into my mind.
It makes me think of being caught in a sudden storm and running to shelter and how good it feels to be 'in'....
or of playing tag and reaching home base before you're tagged and feeling so relieved.
I think of when you are little and hurt or afraid and running to mom or dad and being wrapped in their arms and pulled onto their lap and suddenly knowing all is well - someone else is there to take over and be strong and find strength and comfort and love.
I think of being married and turning to face all the loved ones there and holding the hand of the one who will now see you through it all - the feeling of belonging and strength and resolve that now you can see whatever through.
All these are what God wants us to feel about being with Him and being in His presence.
He wants us to live there in His presence.....continually ....to find rest and peace and relief and safety and freedom from fear and strength and resolve to face whatever there is - under the shelter of His arms. His shadow - His covering over us.
When you were little and someone was chasing you and you ran to your dad and he stood ready to face and take on whomever. He pushed you behind him and stood strong between you and your pursuer. You weren't afraid anymore because daddy had you. He stood in the gap and nothing was going to get you.
(that whole 'my daddy is better than your daddy' thing...well, our 'daddy' is God for heaven sake - there is no comparison)
That is where we are with God.
We are in safety.
He has us.
Nothing is going to get us.
He is BIG
He is ABLE
He is before us and around us.
Stay with Him - He has us covered.
"don't be afraid," He says
Listen to Him
Listen to Joshua 1:9...Really Listen
Take it in
Believe it.
Joshua 1:9
"Have I not told you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

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