God is our home base…
My prayer partner, Di has been spending a good bit of time at the beach lately. You can’t keep a good prayer partner anymore. But we continue to pray every week – either in person or on the telephone. Last week in her prayer she was talking about being torn between home and beach and how much she enjoys her beach house but then she said, “Lord, I’m thankful I can always go home.” I thought about a video I made of Muggsy, our malte-tzu on the first day we brought him home. He was all of 3 lbs., covered in long dark brown/gray hair, and full of life. He’s still full of life, only he weighs about 15 lbs. and has been a dirty white color since his first haircut. Anyway, the video is adorable. He was playing with Jax the Beagle, and he was very brave for his size (and still is.) He’d take toys away from Jax, run circles around him, jump up and bite Jax’s droopy ears, just torment the life out of him. But when Jax would turn on him Muggsy would run to me and lay across my feet. He did that over and over. It was as if I was home base. We (my sisters) used to play games, as I’m sure you all did, and you had to get to home base in order to be “safe.” Muggsy was playing that game, running to home base, he just didn’t know it.
God is our home base. We branch out in our independence, determined to do our own thing in our own strength. We act as though we are bigger than life. We do “nervy” things, cut up, act up, live it up, even step into the danger zone sometimes. But when life turns on us, we can run to home base. God is our refuge. He is our strong tower. He is our source for strength. He is always there, waiting for us to run to Him. Whether the trials or fears or threats are self-inflicted or completely un”solicited”, we can run to Him for shelter. God is our home base.
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you…” (Deuteronomy 33:27).
“For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe” (Psalm 61:3).
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9).
“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!” (Psalm 84:1).