He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
Have you ever been in the midst of a really stressful day at work and suddenly wished you could escape to a quiet, peaceful, life-giving place?
The Bible shows us that in the chaotic moments - as well as the peaceful moments - we have a shelter available to us that will shield us from fear, stress, despair and whatever else we come up against at any moment.
In the Bible, God is often described as "our strong tower" or "our covering." If we just stop, even for a few seconds, and close our eyes to consider that our God is a shelter from all adversity and a strong, protective father who is always on our side, we can relax and find a few seconds of solitude and peace.
It is important to have moments like this to focus on God, to find a secret place with Him, where the things of this world fall away. We can then move back out into the crazy flow of our lives, still sensing and knowing that we're in God's shelter, working with the peace and confidence of being covered by Him. As the psalmist writes, "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." (Psalm 91:4)
The music business often thrives on chaos. I tend to have a cycle of seasons of long days of chaos followed by short periods of normality. During the busy seasons, I sometimes get to a place where I can't see the end of the tunnel and feel badgered on many sides by demands from clients, family and church.
It is easy for me to succumb to frustration or despair when I have more tasks in front of me than I can handle or have tasks I don't enjoy doing. However, I can usually find a moment in the madness to excuse myself and have a moment to ask God to show me to His secret place.
Life in our productive years is often a whirlwind of commitments, responsibilities and deadlines. I believe it has been this way for thousands of years. God knows we need peace, and He offers Himself as a sanctuary. We only need to step in.
Michael Carter, Realtor Greenville, SC www.beachboyrealestate.com