By MARY GEISEN

Three years ago, I finished a conversation with my son and daughter-in-law with these words, “Come home!” Struggling with a decision that took them miles away from home and then learning that the opportunity looked nothing like they imagined left me with only one answer–they needed a safe place to land.

They have shared with me more recently that allowing them to “come home” meant more than anything. You see, they had given up their home and put all their belongings into storage to enter this mission assignment. My son and daughter-in-law possessed “things” but were lacking a safe place to land. I said the first thing that came to mind and it made all the difference.

One of the things I treasure is knowing I have a safe place of my own. Whether it is a physical home or the people in my life I call family, I am covered in security and always have a soft place to land. Reality for some does not look like this. Safe is a word and a desire but isn’t always the truth for our life. My kids have experienced this firsthand in several different ways. Leaving to become missionaries is one example, but having their lives violated by a robbery and watching my other son by an unforeseen divorce shook their view of safety.

I don’t know what “a safe place to land” looks like for you. Do you have friends and family who surround you when life is overwhelming? Or when physical challenges become too much are you able to rely on medical help to lead you back to wholeness? Has your physical, emotional, or mental being ever been violated? None of these are okay and everyone needs their own safe place to restore, heal, and rest.

My life has not been without hard challenges and difficult solutions but through them all I continue to find redemption and security through the love of my Father. He declares that He is my safe place.

He alone is my safe place; His wrap-around presence always protects me. For He is my champion defender; there’s no risk of failure with God. So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? (Psalm 62:2 TPT)

Knowing God’s wrap-around presence protects me allows me to rest in the comfort of His arms. I pray you find Him as your safe place to land, too.

FOR FURTHER THOUGHT Today as you reflect on who or what is your safe place, pray the words of Psalm 23 as your promise from God to be your safe place. Here’s the beginning to get you started. Click HERE to read the whole psalm.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
  He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,  he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake (Psalm 23:1-3 NIV)

May you feel comfort and peace as you discover your own safe place to land.

PRAYER  Father God – Today I am reminded that you will always be my safe place to land. When life becomes overwhelming, You gently whisper “come home” because it’s the only answer that makes sense. Your willingness to guide me and comfort me leads me closer to You. Your arms are the safest place of all. I praise and thank You, God. Amen.

 

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