My friend, may I ask you a question? Everyone needs a refuge sometimes; not just a comfort, but a place that holds you down and keeps you from going on. The questions is: Have we made God that refuge in our lives?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner
I have a favorite chair in our Great Room; a well, broken-in recliner that waits for me every day, sitting in the corner of the room, next to the patio doors overlooking Holly’s flower gardens. It’s a comfortable chair with room enough for Emma, to jump up, turn and position himself snugly between the armrest and my leg. I guess you could say it’s accommodating. With feet pushed up and slippers on, there’s no finer feeling after a busy day than a dog, slippers and a view of Holly sitting across from me in her recliner. In many ways that recliner is more of a refuge than merely a chair. It holds on to me when the busyness of the day becomes overwhelming and just says, relax and forget the day.
Everyone needs a refuge sometimes; not just a comfort, but a place that holds you down and keeps you from going on. The questions is: Have we made God that refuge in our lives?
Here’s a story from Melva Cooper: “I picked up my granddaughter, five year-old Brooke, from preschool. The next hour was a fun time as together we explored the tiny birds in Granddaddy’s Bluebird box, and checked to see if there were any tomatoes growing in our micro garden. Then it was on to Brooke’s favorite, the swing. “Hold on tight, Brooke, hold on tight,” I yelled back. Soon tiring of the swing, Brooke wanted to show me how fast she could run. Where did all that energy come from after a long day at school! Finally, completely exhausted, Brooke ran to where I was sitting in the comfort of my white rocking chair on the front porch. “Grandma,” she said, “I’ve run so much my heart is moving!” I knew she meant her heart was beating fast. I held Brooke close to allow her tired body and fast beating heart to rest. I sensed her body relaxing in the arms of her grandmother. She had been doing so much running around.” (Melva Cooper)
Perhaps you’ve been so busy that you found yourself running much like Brooke in this story? Tired from all the hurry and scurry of the day, have you been spinning around very fast physically and emotionally? Why don’t you stop a few minutes and relax in the arms of Jesus today. He will welcome you and you will find the joy and peace that has been eluding you. And your heart will go from beating so fast you think it is moving, to the soothing tones of harmony God intended for you. Try it now – run to the arms of Jesus!
We pray. Heavenly Father, O God, you are our refuge. When we are exhausted by life’s efforts;
When we are bewildered by life’s problems; When we are wounded by life’s sorrows;
We come for refuge to you. O God, you are our strength. When our tasks are beyond our powers;
When our temptations are too strong for us; When duty calls for more than we have to give it;
We come for strength to you. O God, it is from you that all goodness comes. In Jesus name. Amen! (https://onceuponatruth.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/a-prayer-for-refuge-and-strength-quotable-william-barclay/–adapted)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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