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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Salter Goodwin

Shelter in Place

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

How many weeks have we sheltered in place? A month? More? Too long!. The days run together broken by weekends that don’t offer as much change as they used to. I find myself trying to accept all the changes because I know that struggling against them will just create more stress.

But trying is not the same as accepting.

One morning as I continued my slow trek through the Psalms to write my own prayers based on one of the themes or verses from these rich affirmations, I came to Psalm 91.

The words didn’t just come close; they shouted at me.

He (or she) who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 91:1

I realized this was a message about sheltering in place. But not just any place. Not a closed-in, locked door place. Not a place you stopped wanting to spend more time in.

This is the shelter of the Most High. This shelter puts you under the roof of the heavens. This shelter borders you with a protection against the enemies of your soul. This shelter isn’t an address or a geographical location. This shelter is a Person who walks through closed doors and always comes with peace.

Sheltering here is not a restrictive place. It is a place where the soul breathes freely. It is a place where you enjoy the whole character of God in ways that settle you. It is the one place where unpeace cannot exist because God is All-Peace.

I want to live sheltered in place there, in a place where my God oversees my comings and goings or my staying put. I want to live where His shelter overwhelms any perception of restriction. I want to live intensely awake to the whole character of God so that my heart rests deeply.

I need this rest. Not just the prescribed 7-8 hours of sleep. I need the rest I can only find by living where God shelters me. Where I do not keep trying to figure out what all this unprecedented time means. Where I can know that in the middle of so much change, grief, and unsettledness; there is place of shelter, of respite, of very deep peace where I can live 24/7.

This shelter doesn’t blind me to realities; this shelter prepares me for them.

I’ve never been more aware than now that these days of sheltering in place should be used to be ready for what God says is coming next. I can’t script it. I can’t goal-set for it. I certainly can’t predict it. But I must be ready to live it. There’s the paradox.

God is the God of paradox. He can bring two completely opposite realities together in a way that brings sense and purpose to times that feel absent of both.

Perhaps I will make new address labels to remind me where I live:

Debbie Goodwin

#1 Almighty Shadowed Street

Shelter of the Most High

On earth as it is in Heaven

This must be my new reality because all other possible scenarios bring no peace.

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Janis Greeno
Janis Greeno

Debbie, I caught up on the blog posts. I have done more reading, watching online worship and sermons than ever before to assure that my focus helps instill hope. I am reading Dr. Earl Lee’s little book, “The Cycle of Victorious Living” for what is probably the 20th time. I do trust God but it has been more difficult to “delight and rest” because there are so many unknowns. I haven’t seen my precious parents since March 10th because their retirement community has been locked down. I have no idea of when I will he able to see them.

The Holy Spirit used the truths in your “Sheltering In Place” post to comfort my heart. Two copies of the article…

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