My Safe Place
When I was eight or nine years old my parents bought an old abandoned vineyard. The property was made up of several acres. What I remember most was a tall wooden tower located in the middle of the vineyard. At one time it provided a protected look-out for the thriving vineyards, as well as a respite from the hot sun. After we moved there, that tower was often used by the eight to ten children that lived in the vicinity.
Games of Chase, Capture the Mountain, and many more made-up adventures usually ended up at the tower. It provided a safe place, a hiding spot, or in many instances a dry spot when a sudden rain came. I can still visualize myself and others running towards that tower for the safety it offered. With great speed we scampered up the old weathered ladder, and fell onto the floor, panting to catch our breath. We all had our share of splinters, but that was a small price to pay for the refuge the tower provided.
This scenario reminds me of the verse in Proverbs, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” The Psalmist also declared, “...you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” When I am troubled by a situation or decision that I must make, I can call upon the name of the LORD. I need not fret and worry. I can run immediately to my safe place. And when I run to God’s strong tower, I don’t have to worry about splinters!
“I thank you, Father, that You are my refuge and shelter.”
NIV Proverbs 18:10, Psalm 59:16
I am a retired teacher who wants to make Jesus known.