(picture by Nancy B at Cool Beans)
This last month as the heat continues, I have had trouble sleeping. Due to the heat, we have our window open which makes me feel vulnerable even though others cannot see in. Also due to the heat, it is too hot to sleep with covers making me feel more vulnerable. I finally voiced this to my husband. His solution was to hold me in His arms as I slept. When I woke up the next morning, I was rested and at peace protected by His arms. I needed a safe place.
In life, I can feel vulnerable. I live in a country with a different culture than my own. Each day, I put all I have into teaching my students sometimes doing it well and other times making a fool of myself. Even when I dress like a local, people still stare at my family and I as we walk on the street. My communication skills get the job done but not always as fluently as I would like. I am a parent of teenagers. Writing this blog is often scary since I have no idea who will read this or what they will think. Okay I feel vulnerable a lot and constantly have a need to feel safe.
I am so thankful that I have a God who calls me to be safe in His arms. It does not mean I will be free from harm but it does mean that I am in His will and at peace. In His word it says...
"Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders." Deut 33:12
"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Deut 33:27a
"Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings." Ps 17:4
"He will cover you with his feathers and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." Ps 91:4
Today my prayer is that you will find yourself safe in HIS arms. TJ