Picture It ...

I'm finding that today is, once again, one of the empty feeling days.  I know I'm searching in the wrong places when the emptiness presents itself.  I'm thinking I need a vacation; a camping trip, if you will. And I think I need to be spending some time in God's tent.  Is it time for you to take a vacation from the cares of this world?  Join me in Psalm 61!

rocks

"From the ends of the earth I call to you,  lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

One of my favorite television shows was "Golden Girls."  My favorite character was Sophia - the 80 something-year-old, out-spoken mother of Dorothy.  So often she would launch into stories with, "Picture it ... Sicily ...  1923 ..."

I so like word pictures.  I almost like them better than actual photographs.  There is something about being able to visualize a picture that makes it more memorable for me.

Psalm 61 contains many such word pictures.

"From the ends of the earth I call to you,"

How that hits home!  It doesn't matter where we are - we can call to God from anywhere - anytime.  What a vast picture this paints!

"I call as my heart grows faint;"

There are so many times that I am so weary and feel so hopeless. This creates such a vivid image in my mind.

"Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

I get such a sense of security and safety when I read this.  To know that there is something - someone - bigger and more powerful than I am becomes so important as my health gets worse.  Even as our world situation gets tenser and tenser.  There is security and strength that we can find.

"For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe."

I love the image of a tower.  My mind pictures the tower in a medieval castle. Again, such strength is portrayed. 

"I long to dwell in your tent forever."

Such closeness to God.  The tents I know are pretty small.  Imagine, sharing that space with God.  Can you picture that? And tents are moveable!  God is not found in just one place.  He can be - and is - anywhere and everywhere.

And my favorite ...

"and take refuge in the shelter of your wings."

I feel such caring protection with that phrase.  I can just picture a mama bird covering her children.  Caring for them.  Protecting them.   I think of how soft and warm it must be under those wings.  How safe those fledglings must feel!

There are so many word pictures in Scripture.  Words that make God come alive in our minds.  Words that cement just how much God loves us and wants that intimacy with us.

It's kind of ironic that, sometimes, Scripture is not the first place I go when I need comfort.  Often not the second or even the third.

But I am learning - slowly learning that the safest place for me to be is with God.

And we have the words to prove it.

His words.

Father God, Help us to seek You in Your word.  Help us to get to know You and the enormity of Your love.  Help us to find words to cling to on the days we most need Your comfort and love.  Amen and amen.

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