Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
No doubt about it. I'm a homebody. Don't get me wrong. I do enjoy getting out - going to the gym, the grocery store, a luncheon date, and, of course, church.
But, there's nothing like coming home. The moment I walk through the door, a comforting peace and tranquility surround me. I am wrapped up by invisible arms of warmth. I feel safe, secure, and welcome.
And, when everyone is at work, it is quiet. Serene. Calm.
A perfect atmosphere to read, to think, to dream, to write.
I thank the Lord every day for the home in which I live. Because, I know how blessed I am to have these four walls and a sturdy roof over my head. Indeed, it is a shelter of plenty.
And, this makes me think about and pray for those without a place to live in this world. The homeless wanderers. Panhandlers, forlorn, on city streets. Refugees huddled in desolate, overcrowded camps. Families foreclosed upon and living out of their cars.
People. God's people. Suffering. Anxious. Worried. Desperate.
With no permanent place to rest their hearts. Their heads.
And, I think of the Lord when He said, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." (Matthew 8:20)
I ache for Him as I ache for those without a home.
But, I realize this: Jesus chose to become one of us in order to know in full our fears, our frailties, our needs, our desires. There is no situation or circumstance or disaster in which we could possibly find ourselves that He doesn't understand. Doesn't empathize with.
He is with the homeless, the refugees, the desperate. He is with those in sturdy homes, in safe communities, with bills paid and food on the table.
Standing before us, with arms outstretched, He welcomes all to the only shelter that matters for eternity. Our true home, where there is peace and comfort and rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
When or where do you feel at home?
Will you join me in prayer?
We pray today, Father, for all the beautiful souls living in this world without the creature comforts so many of us take for granted. May we be Your hands reaching out to help them with the resources we have. May we continue to pray that all might see Your shelter as the only one which truly matters. Amen.