Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Facing our Struggles: Finding our Sanctuary

So many times we are caught in our routines, both good and bad. Life is a cycle of events requiring our attention and our resources. Yet we neglect the time to replenish ourselves. The longer we live, the more we realize the importance of rest. From rest we find peace, direction, and new hope. The Sabbath is a place for us to receive inspiration for the road ahead. More often than not, that road is very unsure and filled with troubles of all kinds. Jesus said, "Every day has its own troubles" and isn`t that the truth?

We experience troubles from not being able to find the remote, to a loss of a loved one, from a toothache to a car accident, each day arising to the world full of faith or sometimes full of fear.

No matter what awaits you today, remembering to look for a spot, a sanctuary, has gotten me through the hardest of times. Sanctuary is not a place that just shows up, it is a place you have to go to. Sometimes it is a quiet place, others times it is a place of fond memories, or sometimes it is a place that is inside you. (like closing your eyes in the middle of an arguement)

I can`t say that I do this enough...but every time I go and seek that place, I never regret it. I always look back saying to myself, "I am so glad, I took the time to go there." Somedays I find God in that place, somedays I find myself when I feel lost, other times I even find the answers I am looking for, but most importantly I can find rest.

So I encourage the weary of heart to look for a sanctuary and go there and take hold of that rest, and may the Spirit of God meet you there.
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