What Am I Grateful for Today…Shelter


91 Living in the Most High’s shelter,
    camping in the Almighty’s[a] shade,
I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold!
    You are my God—the one I trust!” (Psalm 91:1-2, Common English Bible).

As I write this, it is a chilly, breezy, rainy night. It is nights like this that make me thankful I was not dealt the hand that many people live with. I am thankful for a sound roof over my head and walls that block out the cold, wind and rain.

While I wouldn’t say we are having a stormy night, I have experienced far worse, it still makes me grateful both for the parsonage that gives me shelter right now and for the retirement home that gives Cindy shelter and will give it to me again one day.

I might not have built either place but I still consider them mine. The parsonage comes with my job. The retirement home I am trying to pay for before I actually retire. Both places gave us shelter during Hurricane Harvey. Both have provided shelter during lesser storms. Between now and when Cindy and I retire, both will offer us shelter from the literal storms, large and small.

Today’s lesson talks about shelter of a different kind. The psalmist writes “Living in the Most High’s shelter, camping in the Almighty’s shade, I say to the Lord, ‘You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!’”

The shelter of which the psalmist speaks is a different shelter than either of my homes. It isn’t the physical shelter from a literal storm the way my homes shelter me, it is a spiritual shelter from the spiritual storms of life.

We all face these situations. Our kids get into trouble. We get into trouble. We fall short of our goals. Bad grades, co-worker problems, family problems, money problems and so much more.

Just as the shelter of our homes fails to prevent us from every aspect of the literal storm, being in the shelter of God’s arms doesn’t mean the spiritual storms will not come to our lives.

Storms will always come our way. Sometimes the shelter we have in the physical world isn’t enough. The wind can be too much. The rain can overwhelm. The physical can be destroyed. The spiritual cannot be.

Yes, consequences of the spiritual storm can still touch our lives, but unlike the physical shelter, the spiritual shelter will never fail. That is the good news. No matter what comes our way, be it physical or spiritual, God is with us. God loves us. God will see us through it all. What more could we ask?

Shelter is what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today? Write it down in your journal and share it with someone else. There is so much for which to be grateful. Be grateful today.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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