A Place of Refuge
A Place of Refuge
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Psalm 84:3-4 (NIV)
Ilove to mow – mindlessly circling our field in the sun, letting my mind wander, think and process. Besides the drone of the tractor, it’s uninterrupted quality time with God. I find myself praying over our property, thanking Him for the gift of this land that He’s entrusted to us and asking Him for guidance on how to utilize the space in the future.
As I was praying a few weeks ago, I thought, Everything on this property is created by God for God… like that tree, for instance. What could be the purpose of that tree planted on the edge of the woods? He clearly said to me for My glory and to be a place of refuge. I wondered if my purpose could be as simple as that. At times, the Lord speaks a specific plan, calling a mission over our lives. But there are times He gives us the freedom to choose how we glorify Him and how we function as place of refuge in His Name, to this broken world using our own creativity and free will. He has rooted us in a time and place such as this to give Him glory. Our refuge, our Jesus, is nestled our hearts just waiting to be shared. .
Father God, You desire for us to glorify You and welcome others in Your Name. Thank you that you give us the freedom to live that out each and every day to those around us. What an honor and privilege. Our hearts long to bring You joy! Amen.
“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall” (Isaiah 25:4).
How many storms have we experienced the past few weeks? How many needs have we seen in the faces we see every day? How many people are grasping for meaning and healing due to mass shootings? The world is crumbling around us and people are searching for refuge; we possess it. His Name is Jesus. How we can be a safe place to welcome people amidst brokenness?
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