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“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 (due to its depiction in the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” as for anything else) as the home of fierce wind storms and tornadoes. Kansas is also a place where a lot of people live in mobile homes. 

People who dwell in 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 two places have the same address.  – Luther

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