Today strangers walked through our house. If you have ever left your house for the real estate agent and her entourage to tromp through, you know how weird that feels.
Before we left the house we had to secure our cats in their ‘houses.’ We have a large pet carrier that holds two cats easily and a second single carrier. Typically the carriers sit on shelves in our basement. It seemed like a place of safety for the cats during the showing; out of the way. So, before we left the house, we placed our furry friends in their ‘houses.’ I’m not sure why, but our cats like their carriers. If we were to leave the carriers somewhere in the house, with the doors open, they would go there to take naps. As you can guess, when it was time, they gladly hopped into their carriers/houses. When we returned, after cruising the small weekend craft show in the center of town, we opened the carrier doors and expected the cats to be in a hurry to come out. Instead, we almost had to pull them out. Except Taylor. He refused to leave his tiny house. When I went back to check on him several times, through the afternoon, he was a content as could be. As they say, as snug as a bug in a rug. Eventually he exited his high perch. Popping into the nearby room as if he were Cosmo Kramer (from Seinfeld) to say, “Hello!!” I guess he’s pretty secure.
There are different kinds of security with which we concern ourselves….physical, emotional, spiritual. Is there one that causes you more concern than another?
The pet carriers seem to be a place of security for my cats. What is your place of safety?
I want to be like my cat Taylor who prefers to rest in his place of security over anything else.
So many times, it’s easy to ‘figure out’ things on my own.
To temporarily create a safe place.
But, why would I do that when I can go to the God of the universe?
1 Those who go to God Most High for safety
will be protected by the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection.
You are my God and I trust you.”
14 The Lord says, “Whoever loves me, I will save.
I will protect those who know me.
15 They will call to me, and I will answer them.
I will be with them in trouble;
I will rescue them and honor them.
16 I will give them a long, full life,
and they will see how I can save.”
Psalm 91:1-2, 14-16 NCV
It’s interesting that God doesn’t require me to jump through a bunch of hoops when I finally decide that I want my security and protection to come from HIM. His only requirement is that I love him.
Have you ever noticed how it’s easier to trust someone whom you love?
Hmmm. The more I choose to love God, the more I can trust him.
And the easier it is for me to say, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.”
What is God’s response to my love and trust?
I will save you, protect you , answer you, be with you, rescue you, honor you, and give you a long, full life. (See Psalm 91:14-16)
Just as my cat is contented to snooze in his ‘house,’ I can be secure and content in God.
And the more that I spend time with God, the more I love him, and the more I love him, the more I can trust him, and the more secure I feel.
And like Taylor….I don’t want to leave HIS place of safety.
Do you love God? Do you trust him?
He wants to be your place of safety and protection.
He really does.
Today is Joy Day!
The day when we take a few minutes to look back over our week and count ‘seven.’
Seven things we are grateful for….the things that are easy to say thanks for, and those that just aren’t.
Will you join me in the counting? I can guarantee you that when you take the time to count your blessings, your attitude will change and the hand on your ‘joy meter’ will fly soar.
I’m thankful for…
- God’s protection of Tim while he is high up on the ladder.
- God’s incredible place of safety!
- a solution to our dead phones, finally.
- receiving an answer about the job, even if it wasn’t what we wanted to hear.
- a cool spot to sleep in the basement.
- a laundry room and the opportunity to make it a lovely spot.
- a drop in the temperature to 74 degrees and a wonderful evening walk!
It’s your turn!
It’s a great exercise to think back over your week and hit the reset button. You’ll be glad you did. Just scroll down to ‘Share Your Thoughts’ below and tap in your seven. Want even more joy? Take the Joy Dare here.
Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day.
May God be your place of safety this week….and beyond! And may you be filled with JOY!
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