I live in a house full of Boy Scouts. We seem to always be in some phase of camping.
Boys are either looking for gear to cram into backpacks or smoky piles of gear are scattered about waiting for boys to put it away.
Scouts take special pride in camping in the winter months. Last year they were out in the woods as a cold front marched through the area. Despite the cold, the boys were warm - - - zipped tight into their tents which protected them from the chilly dampness that settled in overnight. They were tucked snugly into their heavy sleeping bags.
Having sought refuge inside their scout tents with appropriate layers of gear, they were safe and dry.
Where do YOU seek refuge?
In much the same way that scouts hunker down inside their A-frame tents to protect themselves from the elements, the Lord wants us to come to Him as our safe place.
He is our Refuge.
He is our protector from danger or trouble.
I really love this concept of the Lord being our Dwelling Place. To me, dwelling is lingering and pondering, soaking up all the atmosphere that a place has.
When we spend time dwelling in the Word, we are "gearing up" for our day.
When we spend time abiding with the Lord in prayer, we are preparing our spirits to be ready for whatever elements we may face.
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