“Whoever 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 my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV)
Today’s psalm reminds us of the connection between where we choose to live and the quality of that life.
The state of Kansas, where I was born, is known (as much for its depiction in the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” as anything else) as the home of fierce windstorms and tornadoes. Kansas is also a place where a lot of people live in mobile homes.
People whose dwelling place is a mobile home do not rest easy when wind storms and tornadoes are in the weather forecast.
Likewise, in life, people whose “shelter” is their wealth, their popularity, their intelligence, or any state or status other than an established and growing relationship with the Lord God will not — cannot — rest easy when these “shelters” are at risk of destruction in the storms of life.
These storms; whether they be illness, persecution for doing the right thing, the death of a relative or a friend, or enduring a trial of faith, are as natural in the spiritual realm as tornadoes are in the physical realm.
Where is your dwelling place? Where is your resting place?
For the person who trusts in God, these places have the same address. – Luther