Do you need a safe place?

Maybe the better question to ask is, “What does a safe place mean or look like to you?”

 

Even this milkweed flower is a safe place for a ladybug - AnExtraordianryDay.net

 

When we had cats, we used to take them to the vet in a picnic basket.

A picnic basket is cute and handy for short trips.  But, once we started moving, we purchased official cat carriers for those long state-to-state trips.

I’m not sure why, but our cats liked their carriers.  If we were to leave the carriers somewhere in the house, with the doors open, they would go there to take naps.

Whenever we had an open house or outdoor parties or needed a repairman, we would place our cats in their houses er carriers.

As you might guess, whenever we took them to their safe place, they gladly hopped in.  And when we returned, we opened the carrier doors and expected the cats to be in a hurry to come out.

 

Ladybug on a milkweed bud - inspiration for finding a really safe place - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

On one particular day after spending a few hours in their carriers, the cats were in such a state of peaceful happiness we had to coax them out.  Except for Taylor.  He refused to leave his tiny house.  When I checked on him over the next several hours he was still sitting curled up in his open carrier as content as could be.  As snug as a bug in a rug.  Eventually, he exited his safe place. Popping into the nearby room as if he were Cosmo Kramer (from Seinfeld) to say, “Hello!!”

We all look for different kinds of security… physical, emotional, spiritual.  Is there one that causes you more concern than another?

Though our handsome Taylor is now forever asleep, I cannot forget how he preferred to rest in his place of security over anything else.

What is your place of safety?

 

Granite rocks, millkweed, crown vetch along the lake shore - my safe place - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

So many times, I attempt to temporarily create a safe place.

But, why do I do that when I can go to the God of the universe?

Why indeed.

Those who go to God Most High for safety
    will be protected by the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection.
    You are my God and I trust you.”

The Lord says, “Whoever loves me, I will save.
    I will protect those who know me.
They will call to me, and I will answer them.
    I will be with them in trouble;
    I will rescue them and honor them.
I will give them a long, full life,
    and they will see how I can save.”

Psalm 91:1-2, 14-16

 

God is so kind and loving.  He 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.  He only asks that I love him.

Have you ever noticed how it’s easier to trust someone whom you love?

Hmm…  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)

 

Scripture Verse from Psalm 91 verse 2 - Lord you are my place of safety - AnExtraordinaryDay.netI will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.”
Psalm 91:2

 

Just as my cat was contented to snooze in his “house,” I can be secure and content in God.

The more I spend time with God, 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 God’s place of safety.

 

Do you love God?  Do you trust him?

He wants to be your one and only really safe place.  

He really does.

 

 

Beach grass and crown vetch and a devotional on God's safe place on JoyDay! - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

It’s JoyDay!

I love JoyDay!  There isn’t anything better than each of us sharing the good things God has done in our lives this week.  Both in the happy and in the challenges.

Will you join with me in counting ‘seven’ from the past week?

I’ll start!

Thank you, God for…

  1. my furry friends and those treasured moments I now hold in my heart.
  2. being my place of safety.
  3. a little time off for Tim and all the fun we had together.
  4. new bikes and feeling the wind in my face. 
  5. sunshine and sunburn and air conditioning on these beastly hot days.
  6. Your healing that I’m so looking forward to enjoying in all its fullness.
  7. lavishly loving and protecting us.

Now it’s your turn!  

Please join me by tapping in your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below. I dare you!

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave your sweet thoughts.

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Comments

  1. Happy Joy Day!
    Funny how God can use anything or anyone to teach us. Kitty cats showing us about safe places. I’m thinking maybe that is why kitties always have that superior look on those cute little faces, they know they are smarter than us.
    Lord I thank you for,
    1. The happy news of another grand baby is on the way.
    2. Family health issues are calming down.
    3. Answered prayers.
    4. Today was much cooler.
    5. Friday nights moon was sooo pretty.
    6. R. is fine after that accident, could have been so bad.
    7. Nothing to spare after I pay bills BUT I’m able to pay bills.
    Oh Diane I’m so happy to hear you have a new bike! When I’m out riding mine I will think of you enjoying yours!
    Weeeeee!
    And thank you for your wonderful wishes. I have had a much better week and have been able to enjoy my feathered friends in my trees and my flowers….ka-choo!
    Happy biking and
    Blessings to you!
    Minnie

    • Awww… thanks, Minnie, it’s been nearly 10 years since I rode a bike and missed it. Tim and I actually met on an overnight cycling camping trip… 52 miles each day and our first date was a ride, too.
      So happy to hear you had a much better week. May you sense God’s love and closeness and may your family health issues turn into full and complete healings. xoxo

  2. Loved hearing about the cats and their safe places and of course, the rest of the post as well. Those flowers in your pictures are beautiful. Do you happen to know what they are called?
    My seven for the week:
    1. Working a/c!
    2. Spotting baby Bluejays in the trees
    3. Having compassionate and caring bosses and coworkers
    4. Seeing old friends (even if it was a sad occasion/funeral)
    5. Spending time with the best preschool children (cures almost anything)
    6.The crab spider feasting on Japanese beetles
    7.The rain that cooled things off a bit

    • I miss those sweet fur babies, Jean… it means so much to me to know that you enjoyed the post. {hugs}
      The flowers… the first is a milkweed in bloom. If you see one, stop to smell it. Seriously, it has a heady fragrance like a tropic flower. I love it. The following photo is the milkweed flower still in bud. And finally, the swath of pale lavender blooms is crown vetch mixed in with the beach grass. All wildflowers.
      Thanks for taking time to share your, ‘seven,’ Jean. That crab spider feasting on the Japanese beetles sounds like a wonderful blessing. We had such a problem with them in NY that I had to hand pick them from my garden twice a day.
      May your week overflow with HIS joy!! xo

  3. This post is most beautiful. It’s a treasure. It’s so easy to read. Not tons of pop ups all over. I’m glad you got bikes!! They are fun!! At neuro PT my fave is this special bike. I’d get on and pretend I was biking 🚴‍♀️ in faraway places!!! It feels so freeing!!!
    1 watermelon every night. I so look forward to this. Curt cuts it for me
    2. We finally finished a DIY project!!! It turned out just fine and next is styling
    3. Getting out a couple times. It makes me weary but it’s good for me I know
    4. Three little grandsons
    5. This lesson. I’ve forgotten what you wrote but I know it was excellent for me so I shall reread
    6. A gift of tamales homemade!!!!
    7. The most helpful and understanding helpers

    • Thank you for your kind thoughts Gwen! I love that you pretend your biking in faraway places while you ride the stationary bike in PT. You have such a fun spirit. And I’m so blessed by reading your “seven.” Gwen… this is a blessed season for you… praise God!
      Have a wonderful week splashing joy on all you touch! xo

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