Here’s Bethany’s post from these chapters; I revisited it and was thankful for her prompt at the end.
“It will be a shelter from daytime heat and a hiding place from storms and rain.” 3:3
Our house has a large, shaded porch. We have a few seating sets, a couple ceiling fans, we’ve propped pillows on a white wicker swing and strung lights above. I’ve laid out a few outdoor rugs, positioned a few plants in the sunlight and regularly kick up my feet and relax there. It’s a second living room for our family.
We live in the south and the summers are hot, the heat relentless. Usually in the afternoons, a thunderstorm will pop up and sheets of rain will dump down from the previously cloudless sky. Our house is tucked in a historic neighborhood right downtown and we frequently have people cutting through our street, strolling by our house. I was pleasantly surprised last summer how often people would request to rest on our porch. They’d approach our brick steps and ask if they could wait out the rain, or take a break from the heat. New to the south, I’ve underestimated dark clouds and been stuck in a huge downpour on a walk myself. Ducking under whatever overhang I could get to, I’d pause and think about how God describes himself as our Refuge from the storm.
Is there something in your life that’s beating down on you like the heat of the day? Take refuge in the presence of the Lord.
This is a learned discipline. Our old selves want to distract. To fill our lives with fleeting comforts and empty promises. Food, shopping, sex, music, and entertainment will not make you feel better. Will not ease your pain or your suffering. Will not take on your burdens or comfort you. Jesus can and he will.
Put on your new self, which finds rest in spending time with God and leaning into his promises. Which chooses sabbathing with God over meaningless pleasures.
“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10
I never, ever regret spending time with God. Whether it’s reading the Bible, praying or journaling, listening to a sermon, cranking up the worship music or simply quieting my heart and thanking him, I am a better woman after stepping into his refuge.
Take a moment today and find refuge in Him.