March 4, 2016
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5
When I was a child I had lots (5) of boy cousins who lived either upstairs or across the street. They really liked to torture me. Well, really they just liked to tease me, but I did not like it all. Somehow, and I don’t remember how, I negotiated a safe space where they could not bother me. If I could scoot underneath the dining room table, I was safe. Now, don’t feel too sorry for me. Our dining room table was massive and I could create an entire world underneath its safe “ceiling”.
I imagine Israel knew something of that safe place as they thought about the shelter of God’s sacred tent on a high rock. As adults, we may have real and tangible safe places, places where we can drop all pretense and breathe deeply. But we can also create safe, sacred space within our hearts, spaces where we can meet God.
This day, in a moment of quiet, go inside your heart, sit quietly, imagine the high and safe space of Isaiah’s time and know it exists within you. Go there often, rest in God, gain strength and then return to your life refreshed and renewed having been set upon the solid rock of Jesus’ love.