Diane and I have branded our Pastor to Missionaries ministry as Sheltering Haven. Our definition for this is found in Isaiah 32: 18 “… My people will dwell in a peaceful place, and in safe and restful dwellings”.
As part of this ministry we desire to provide devotional thoughts and musings. Through these we wish to provide a “habitat” or environment of peace, safety and rest. One of Webster’s definitions for habitat is….” A controlled…environment in which people can live under surrounding inhospitable conditions.”
In Isaiah 32: 2 several word pictures of a sheltering haven habitat are listed. The first is a shelter from the wind. Having lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin farm country all our lives we are familiar with shelter breaks of trees planted north and west of home sites. These provide protection from the cold north winds of winter.
Wind many times is a picture of adversity. When I am bike riding, I hate wind in my face. It makes forward progress difficult. However when you find a shelter from the wind, you can breathe a sigh of relief and pick up the pace.
Sometimes life is hard. We feel we are struggling against a gale of opposition. At time like this we need a sheltering haven of encouragement. Rather than criticism we need affirmation. Rather than negativity we need words like: You amaze me! You can do it! I am proud of you!
Who in your domain needs a sheltering haven today? Or is it you? Claim and then pass on the words of Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you: Be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, the Lord you God is with you, wherever you go.” Allow God to be your shelter from the wind.