As a child I used to love making dens. Sometimes I still do! I also used to enjoy playground games like ‘British Bulldog’ where you run from the base (a safe place) to the other one. When you leave the base chaos reigns, and you are only safe again when you reach the other base without someone catching you. When you’re in the base, or safe place, you have time to plot your route for when you next leave it.
We all need a safe place: somewhere where we can be ourselves, take stock, recharge, reflect, and get ready to go back out again and face the world. I have a favourite chair and like to be there and sometimes wrap up in a blanket. Others like to be cocooned inside a duvet, or maybe walking out in nature. Sometimes our safe places are made even safer by other people being there with us, if we feel comfortable enough with that person to let them in.
We can’t live in our safe places forever though – life still happens whilst we’re there, but it’s whilst we’re there that we become better prepared for the next step on the journey. Here are some words from Psalm 91:
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
So then, God can be our safe place. Whether we are physically in our own safe place or not, be that an armchair, duvet or something else, be encouraged to let God in. Let him wrap his wings around you and sustain you for what’s coming next. Be encouraged. You’re not alone!