We all have a ‘safe place’. It’s where we head to when life seems to be coming at us a million miles per hour, when we almost want to scream “stop world! I wanna get off.” It could be food, work, music or a host of other things. One’s safe place could even be another human being. Richard Siken said some famous words on that though.
What’s your safe place?
Those who know me well and those who have read this post will not be surprised when I say that for the most part of my life, sleep has been my safe place. Make that sleep and/or a good book. Yep, the images below pretty much summed me up:
In moments of crisis, my first thought always is to ask for God’s help. But when the storm keeps raging, instead of spending more time in God’s presence and allowing Him to calm my soul, I find myself drifting towards sleep or a captivating story as a source of distraction/peace/happiness while I wait for God’s answer. Watching it play out, one would think God told me to stay out of His way whilst He stepped into the situation. I now see with increasing clarity that God created me to rest in Him through the hard times and not to seek to occupy myself with things or people He created. He definitely did not intend for me to take my troubles to Him and then turn somewhere else for interim relief as I wait for His permanent solution. He wants me to make Him my safe place.
King David is a perfect example of someone who made God His safe place. I mean, just take a look at the verses below:
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. – Psalm 32:7
Remember Your promise to me, for it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. – Psalm 119:49 – 50
For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of his tent: He will lift me high upon a rock. – Psalm 27:5
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we should not take joy in the pleasures God has provided us with on this side of heaven. The thing to avoid is making those things our source of comfort and peace in difficult times. We should trust God not only to take us out of the storm but through it. He is the God of all comfort. The One who never sleeps or slumbers. His voice causes cedars to shatter and yet in a still small voice He reassures us when trials come and He reminds us that whoever touches us touches the apple of His eye. He never changes, never grows weary; He refreshes the faint and strengthens the weak. God is great and mighty. In Him we find the true, undiluted definition of ‘awesome’.
There is no safer place, no better place to take refuge from life’s craziness, than in Him.
May God be your happy place and safe place as you go through the week. Have a lovely one!