“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” -Psalm 91:1-2

In these times of waiting and uncertainty, peace and rest can feel just out of reach or an impossible dream.

Whatever your typical reality, it’s easy to be comfortable and feel in control there. We’ve all been shifted into new, unfamiliar territory, and any sense of control over our life is greatly diminished. Feelings of anxiousness, helplessness, sadness, anger, confusion, loss, and so much more are normal. 

However, feelings come and go. They are indicators, not truth. Like the check engine light, they can tell us when something isn’t quite right, allowing us to stop for reflection and adjust according to what is true. 

A great question right now is to ask yourself what are you finding shelter in? Are you trying to build a temporary shelter of extra supplies and a full pantry? Are you bolstering your roof with all the news and information you can gather? Is your go-to distraction, consuming Netflix and social media around the clock? 

None of these things last. None of them provide an impermeable shelter. They will never be enough to provide you rest. They will cause you to keep striving, to work harder, to trust in what can fail. And while we may have FELT in control before, the truth is He has always been and will always be King. 

Today, I choose to remind myself of these truths: God alone is my refuge. He is my safe place. In Him I can find peace and rest. He will never fail, and I will trust him. 

Check in with yourself today. What are your feelings indicating? What are you trusting to be your shelter? What truth can you meditate on today to realign yourself to find peace and rest in Him?

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13 Comments

karentfriday · at 9:06 am

Beautiful and needed message. I like the thought that our feelings are indicators, not truth. They can never be fully trusted. I’m finding refuge and shelter in the Most High God…love Psalm 91.

    Melissa · at 9:12 pm

    Grateful for your visit and comment! Have a super day!

Jennifer DeFrates · at 7:04 pm

Yes! That is so true. Our feelings tell us what is happening inside, but shouldn’t dictate how we behave.

    Melissa · at 9:13 pm

    Thank you for stopping by! Blessings!

Being Woven · at 9:09 am

Amen! How easily distracted I have become in this pandemic and som many issues surrounding it…rather than running to the only One Who can provide the true rest. He spreads His pinion feathers over me. I need to take more and more time to realize that true fact. Thank you for sharing these words with me, with us.

    Melissa · at 9:12 am

    Yes – I wrote these words to my divided heart first, praying they would speak to others as well. Grateful for His peace and protection!

Elena Wiggins · at 10:07 am

What a great reminder and challenge to seek God as our refuge! This has been on my heart lately as I have been rereading Phillip Keller’s A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 and blogging my favorite insights from each chapter (I’ll link the latest, if interested). What a refuge and leader we have in our Good Shepherd! He protects us, is near us as He leads us through dark valleys, heals us, prepares green pastures and refreshing streams for us to rest and be restored. A mighty fortress is our Good Shepherd!

    Melissa · at 10:25 am

    Such a good word. Thanks for sharing, Elena!

Anita Ojeda · at 5:23 pm

That’s one of my favorite verses :). I avoid media (it’s unbiblical because it focuses on everything bad instead of everything good 😉 ) and keep myself busy doing bloggy things during this time of extra time. It’s been a blessing and a gift.

    Melissa · at 8:24 am

    That’s so great, Anita. Thank you for sharing!

Lisa notes... · at 4:22 pm

I’m on verses 15 and 16 on memorizing Psalm 91 so I was immediately drawn to your post! Letting God be our dwelling place and refuge doesn’t always come automatically but we can still consciously choose to abide in him. Thanks for sharing with Grace & Truth linkup!

    Melissa · at 8:25 am

    You’re exactly right! And Psalm 91 is such a great one to memorize – you’re doing awesome!

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