"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in my countries where they have gone.'"
We live in a tumultuous world. Often pulled at varying angles when we least expect it. Where is your refuge? Is there a quiet place in your home set just for you to go when you need to feel the spirit of the Lord? Is it your study? Your bedroom? Your porch? Is it a place you can shut the door and leave the world behind so that it doesn't come knocking? In this room is is peaceful, quaint with an overwhelming sense of peace?
Or does it need a weekend project to make it feel like the right reprieve? Having a place to lay low once in awhile with no one to attend to can be therapeutic. Sadly, as parents, we often think of ourselves last when it comes to our needs. Yet, in reality, if our soul is not filled with the Holy Spirit then we can be worn down and made weak easily.
Believe it or not, this can be done in a few short hours! So sit quietly, close your eyes at this moment and ask God to fill your vision with a place of reprieve in your home. Next, visualize that spot with a unique color combination and theme that will embrace you when you walk in. Then head off to Home Depot to find paint for under $12 a gallon. There, on the wall of paint pallets under Glidden you will find your personal combination. Grab your new color combinations, and head to the counter to have your new paint mixed.
Within only a couple of hours you'll be inspired once you lay that new paint on the walls. Then head off to Bealls Outlet, or somewhere similar and pick a few new pictures for your overall theme. Don't forget picture nails and you're all set. A new sanctuary is yours for the taking!
We go to prayer because we need a safe, quiet place. Often our private worlds are a bit chaotic. With no place to run to how can you find sanctuary? The Jews understood this need for a safe place. Scripture reminds us that being with God in sanctuary is our safe place.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
"How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings." (Psalm 26:7)
In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues." (Psalm 31:20)
Memorize those verses so that you can quickly feel at peace in your new sanctuary. He reminds us:
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in god; trust in me." (John 14:1)
What are you waiting for? Find your sanctuary!