August 25, 2015
I just got through making a five foot tall tepee for my soon-to-be-born grandson’s room. It will be just for décor for a while! Yet as I was making it, I couldn’t help but think of the times he might crawl into it: the first time will be to explore every little corner; maybe he will crawl into it when he just wants to be alone to look at a book; perhaps he will crawl into it when he’s made a mistake and is worried about what mom and dad might say; maybe he go there when he’s hurting and will hug a stuffed animal for comfort; perhaps he will go there to rest or dream or plan; maybe he’ll eventually invite a friend to come into his tent…I pray it will be a little safe quiet place for him- a refuge from the world.
We all need a safe quiet place we can go! I found mine a long time ago. Lord, it is with You! No matter what is going on in the world or in my life…no matter what mistake I’ve made or hurt I’ve caused…no matter how my feelings were wounded or tired I am…no matter who I’m concerned about or what guidance I need- I can crawl into my quiet place with You! Father, You are always there for me to rest in, cuddle up with, and just be quiet and still. You are always there to listen, guide, refresh, restore, renew and empower. You are always there to forgive, restore, wash me clean and set me on my feet again. It can be windy, stormy, loud, scary, and chaotic on the outside, but with You in my quiet place- there is peace, calm, strength, rejuvenation. Everything I need is always found in You.
Our grandson’s tent will eventually get torn up, knocked down or outgrown! But I pray that he finds the same indestructible quiet place I have found. I pray he discovers the same peace and love that is always waiting for him to crawl into. I pray he learns he will never outgrow You and will always need You. I pray that he longs for quiet time with You! I pray that he gets filled up in his quiet place with You so he can go out and shine out with the love of Jesus Christ wherever he goes.
“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10a
“He makes m lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me…” Psalm 23:2-4a
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:4-5