Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (NIV)*
A girl in a tattered coat and hat sat her suitcase down timidly. Shafts of light caught her eye and drew her gaze upward, through the windows of a vaulted ceiling. She let the brilliance soak in, warming her to the very core.
A lady’s greeting interrupted her thoughts. The lady took her coat, her hat, and pulled the heavy suitcase to the side. “You won’t be needing these anymore.”
The girl wasn’t sure she wanted to give up her stuff. All she wanted was to find shelter.
“Am I going to be staying here? I thought this was just a visit,” said the girl, nerves twisting inside. “Will I ever go back?”
“That’s up to you, honey,” replied the lady. “This is the shelter of God. Stay here and you’ll know rest.” Then the hostess leaned toward her with arms spread wide and whispered loud, “The whole shelter is covered with his shadow.”
The girl thought about her old house with its leaky roof and sagging porch. Though in dire need of repair, it was home. She missed it and wanted to return to the familiar. She wasn’t sure she could handle all this rest.
The hostess just smiled with twinkling eyes. She knew that once the girl stayed in the shelter of the Most High, she’d come to prefer it over any other place. She would grow to love the peace and enjoy the rest.
And though the hostess knew the girl would indeed leave the shelter from time to time, she knew she would always come back. The love of God is like that…always drawing back to his shelter. It’s the only place that truly satisfies the soul.
My soul finds rest
in the shelter of the Most High
Peace awaits those who stay
Rest is given those who abide
Settled and stayed
In the shadow that satisfies.
by Patty Perkins
*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.