Wednesday, 13 November 2013

A Safe Place

As a child I was a worrier, forever in search of a safe place, somewhere to hide.  I often plumped for behind my mum's skirt, a suitable shield to protect me from the big wide world and any adult who might attempt to make conversation!

For some reason, this morning I was reminded of those childhood fears.  I'm not sure why those memories popped into by head, but I used the opportunity to question whether I still harbour an infantile yearning for safety and security?  The answer of course, is yes.  Do we not all search for this in one way or another?

At times I've searched in the wrong places, only to be let down by people, a career, children, ambition, church, my own worldly desires.  It's then that the familiar, immature insecurities creep back in; the old echoes of:

"not good enough"
"everyone is better than you"

The difference now, I think, is my ability to channel those insecurities into a Father who loves me for who I am; a Father who meets my deepest needs and gives me the 'safe-place' that I crave. Instead of searching for it in the wrong places, I have found the One who is able to do immeasurably more; the One who requires nothing in return.  How amazing is that?!

And most of the time (I am human after all!) I am able to focus on His truths and the wonderful promises that He has poured over me....

We all seek affirmation and security of one kind or another, let's run to God for it.

Psalm 91 v 2: I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust"

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