Words from the Heart for Thursday June 9th, 2016
Whoever rests in the shadow of the Most High God will be kept safe by the Mighty One. I will say about the Lord, “He is my place of safety. He is like a fort to me. He is my God. I trust in him.”
Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV)
Resting in the Shadow
Troubles often come to us and feel so loud. Rather than listening to the trials, talk to yourself. Remind yourself about the character of God. Remind yourself to trust in Him.
Most Canadians are aware of the internment camps that Japanese Canadians were forced to live in during the Second World War. Far fewer Canadians are aware that a similar fate was experienced by Ukrainians during the First World War. In their 1991 book “In the Shadows of the Rockies,” Bohdan S. Kordan and Peter Melnycky write about the more than 8000 Ukrainians and other immigrants who had come to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire who were interned in western Canada during the war. Twenty-four receiving stations and internment camps were established across Canada. A camp at Banff/Castle Mountain operated between 1915 and 1917. More than 600 internees were put to work on various projects in Rocky Mountain Park (now Banff National Park), which was being developed at that time as Canada’s first national park.
There is nothing like some shade on a hot summer afternoon. Getting out of the sun can drop the temperature by 5 or 10 degrees, which is a welcomed respite on a hot humid day. The Bible uses this analogy in speaking of our relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Psalm 91:1-2 says this: “Whoever rests in the shadow of the Most High God will be kept safe by the Mighty One. I will say about the Lord, ‘He is my place of safety. He is like a fort to me. He is my God. I trust in him.’” Those who live in Israel understand the beauty of shadows, particularly if they are in the wilderness or desert where trees are scarce. In a spiritual sense, life can be brutally hot. The pressure of work, family and finances blast our emotions and thoughts so that we long for the wisp of a cool wind. The Psalmist knew the pressures that life brings and he also knew that the Lord brought relief like no one else. Those of us who live on this side of Calvary understand that it is Jesus who is all these things – a place of safety, a fortress, our God. And we also have experienced resting in the shadow of the Most High God. For it is there, that place of faith and trust that Jesus, the Mighty One keeps us safe. Are you hiding in Him today? Are you experiencing the relief of being in His shadow?
These have been words from the heart.