This is the Day…Friday
March 27, 2020
Shelter in Place
It is always interesting how times of crisis have a way of adding to our collective vocabulary. World War II gave us the phrase, “The Greatest Generation.” 9/11 brought us terms like, “The War on Terror” and “Ground Zero”. These are words and phrases that, whenever you hear them, are a reminder of the impact of those trying days.
Now, we are faced with a new challenge that has also developed its own lexicon. Turn on any news channel and you will hear phrases like, “Virus Epicenter, Social Distancing, and Shelter in Place.” All of these are new additions to our vocabulary to help us understand the threat and how we can responsibly deal with the current crisis.
When I began hearing that certain states had issued a “Shelter in Place” order I was reminded of a promise that God has made to his children. Remember the 91st Psalm?
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress; My God in whom I trust. Surely, he will save you from the fowler’s snare and the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers and under his wings you will find refuge. His faithfulness will be your shield and your rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”
Shelter in place is nothing new. God was the first to issue a “Shelter in Place” order! He wants us to shelter in His place. He calls us to dwell in His shelter! And God takes His shelter very seriously.
Dwelling in God’s shelter means you have a place of peace and rest. Remember how it felt as a child to lay in the cool summer grass under a shade tree?
Dwelling in God’s shelter means you have a place of refuge and protection from the battles of this life. You are covered with His feathers and protected by His wings. Remember how it felt as a child to be held by that person who loved you the most?
Dwelling in God’s shelter means you have an impenetrable shield and a defensive wall or rampart. Remember how it felt as a child to know the people around you would always keep you safe?
God’s shelter is a place of peace and hope for His children, regardless of the circumstances outside the walls.
So “Shelter in Place!” Dwell in God’s shelter each day and live your life with the confidence that can only come by faith in Him. Then, in years to come, when you think about the struggles of 2020, you will remember how it felt as a child of God to be secure in your Father’s shelter.
Father you are my cool shadow, my refuge, my protection and my peace. Thank you for the security of your wings and your faithfulness as my shield. Amen.