Thursday, October 08, 2009

Safe Within

I was able to visit with my sister this last summer and it was wonderful. Being with her is always special, and she has a really cool house that I love. It sits at the top of a hill in Oklahoma and the storms are incredible to watch from there. While I was there, we went outside one evening and enjoyed the lightening show—until it got a little too close and then we went in and didn't worry about the storm anymore. You see, her house isn't completed yet, it's a finished basement, and they're living in it while waiting for the rest of the house to be built. When you're down there the world could come to an end and you'd never know it until you went outside. It's comfy and cozy in her house, and safe from the storms that roll through—you barely know it's storming outside when you're down there.

My nephew lives right next door to my sister and they hear and feel every storm that goes through. The difference? Their house is above ground and it gets shaken up by the strong winds that howl across their hill. When the weather gets bad enough, the kids make a mad dash with their little boys and ride out the storm below ground in his parent's home. They have a safe place to run to where the storm passes over them.

We, as Christians, have a safe place, too. When the storms of life swoop down on us we can run to Jesus.

For in the day of trouble
He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
in the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock. ~Psalm 27:5

When we are abiding in Jesus, as John 15 talks about, our houses are often strong enough to weather the squalls of life.

storm clouds Originally uploaded by -Chad Johnson
Abiding in Him makes for stout walls, but there are storms that shake even a life that's abiding in Christ. We need to do like my nephew does and run to the safety of his father's house. The storms hit hard and there may be lots of damage to the property, but their lives are safe within the shelter. And that's how it is when we're hidden in the secret place of God's tent. The storms can beat all around us, but our lives are safe in Jesus.

When the storm around you begins howling, don't wait! Run to the safety of His tabernacle. Hide yourself in God and His Word—it's the safest place you can ever be!

You are my hiding place;
You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance.
~Psalm 32:7


There's still one last Book Bonanza going on--with Christina Berry. You have until Saturday night to leave comments to be entered in the book drawing. Also, we have our weekly author spotlight on Susan Page Davis and she's doing a book giveaway, too. That drawing is also open until Saturday night. Don't miss out! :]

3 comments:

  1. good thoughts, Peej!

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  2. Great analogy! I know when we go downstairs during a storm, the wind, rain, and thunder cease to exist, too. Running for shelter always makes the storm more bearable.

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  3. wow...those clouds made me shiver!
    Loved the analogy...can't imagine living in OK without a storm shelter!!
    hugs, Peej,
    Mid

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