Refuge

ref·uge

ˈrefˌyo͞oj,ˈrefˌyo͞oZH/
noun
  1. a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.
    “he was forced to take refuge in the French embassy”
    • something providing shelter.
      plural noun: refuges
      “the family came to be seen as a refuge from a harsh world
    • an institution providing safe accommodations for women who have suffered violence from a spouse or partner.

v1. He WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. v2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:1-2

Psalm 91 has long been a “go to” or a “come back to” read for me. Perhaps it’s because it seems to be almost directly in the center of my Bible; or because I’ve read it to stand on for specific circumstances and received an overwhelming sense of peace and comfort from the truth revealed in it.

It would be dishonest of me to say, despite how many times I’ve read it (Ps 91), that I consistently choose to remember in my heart (mind; because they are the same) this psalmist’s blaring confirmations…my refuge, my fortress….STABLE and FIXED. Who doesn’t need these things on a daily basis?????

My fear is that we do need these things, yet we choose tangible and temporary things to fill the void; houses or spouses, cars or clothing, the almighty $$$, children, family, entertainment, food even. We’re human. These are the things that we hear, see, feel all day long. These things brings us joy and comfort. However, these things can bring us great disappointment, fear and hurt, too.

Think about it: our houses for example.  A long day, or busy times and you think “if I could just make it through the day long enough to get home and sit on my cozy couch, or chair”…yet when you walk through the door, piles of laundry, bills, dirt, dust, grime, glaring sites of imperfections or unfinished chores/lists somehow seem to knock away that earlier sense of refuge you were seeking for peace and rest. Our spouses and children are also often that source of comfort we seek to run away from the world’s issues; yet they are people too and can break our hearts more than anyone.

Which is why our Father offers us Himself, daily, to seek refuge from. Seek His Refuge 1st.

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and THEN all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matt. 6:33

His promises are there to keep us safe, and stable; to lean on and put our confidence in. I don’t know about you, but not only do I desire to seek Him and praise Him for the safety He provides my family through our shelter, food, water, jobs, etc……but I need STABILITY on a daily basis. Emotional stability. And I haven’t found anything consistent the world can offer. The occasional vacation, glass of wine are good resets; but the problems don’t go away. I need a Refuge, a source of constant stability. So today, I’m seeking Jesus’ shadow to be rested under. Not giving into my emotions or feelings, and when it creeps up; I’ll remember Ps. 91:1-2 [not even in direct quote form]; “those that set their love and their thinking upon the Lord shall draw their refuge & stability from Him”. Don’t complicate it. Just remember it. When you start to get overwhelmed. Jesus. {stability; refuge}

REFUGE. >keeps us safe. >keeps us stable. >lean on it. >put our confidence in it

God, I thank you for revelation received in this scripture. For the hope-the hope for every single thing we face-that comes from the truth declared by the psalmist. I believe that I receive, through your Holy Spirit, revelation not just something good to think about, but spirit changing and lifting revelation…that you are my Refuge and I seek you first; AND THEN……all the things. Amen.

Don’t you love that overwhelming sense of peace and comfort you get when you take some time to read over God’s promises? So for me, when I make the time to sit down and meditate, it’s easy. It’s relaxing and safe, it’s a place of refuge for my mind, my soul and my body. I get up from there, go about my business and I face day to day life, with a choice. The people, challenges, words…[paperwork, laundry, bills, food, exercise v. no exercise, fatigue, drama, gossip, emotions]. I can choose to face them with an overwhelming sense of emotion and chaos or go back to my meditations and choose the Almighty’s promise of Refuge and Stability.

It seems almost instantaneous for me sometimes how quickly I receive the revelation, then how quickly I choose to let my thoughts and feelings overpower that revelation. I give into the people, the challenges, the words rather than choosing to remember the Truth and the Promise from the Almighty that I had not so long ago, meditated on. I challenge you, while continually challenging myself. Don’t view quiet time/mediation on God’s word as “something else to do” or “a struggle”. We’ve got enough of those. Our Heavenly Father is a Giver and not a taker. His yoke is easy and His burden in light. He wants to give you the tools to get through the day with, we just have to choose to take them.

This is not a guilty, “I haven’t been reading my Bible enough” or “I need to do better” post. We’re all human. None of us are enough or are at our best [thank you, Jesus]. This is a post that deeply desires to encourage you to not {overcomplicate it}. Take 1 minute, 1 verse and walk in that promise every minute of that day. For me today, it was the 1st two verses of Ps. 91 as a reminder to seek Him for Refuge.

Hello world!

I said I wouldn’t do a first post; I would just start writing. I didn’t want the pressure of that obligatory, really cool/inspiring “reason I started blogging” statement. I don’t have one of those. I just have a heart that desires to connect with people. We weren’t meant to walk this life alone and God is good. {I didn’t promise my posts wouldn’t be random}. {I also didn’t promise that my use of punctuation was immaculate……so…….}

Read. Share. Inspire. Love. Grow. All the things.

It’s a journey. Here goes.

This is one of my favorite pics. I’ve never known what to use it for…so now seemed like a decent opportunity.

I’m an occupational therapist (OT), by career choice, (I’ll explain that on another post if you don’t know what an OT is). And this is a picture of an activity I used on earth day, one year. We decided to use planting seeds for our therapy garden as the nursing home patient’s therapy for that day. THEY loved it and it gave them something to talk about and look forward to for an entire season.

Let’s plant some seeds peeps. Literally and figuratively.