The Right Place

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rest my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62: 5-8 (NRSV)

Webb Smith is from Georgia. He and his wife have two large dogs that sleep at the foot of their bed. Twice a week, the dogs wake up with Webb's wife at 4:30 A.M. and accompany her as she gets ready for work. After she leaves, instead of coming back to bed, the dogs become restless. Seemingly unaware that Webb is still lying in bed, they become frantic - searching the closets, scratching at doors, and whining loudly. Finally, Webb whispers their names and invites them to join him. They leap into bed, nestle into place and drift back to sleep.

As children of God, we often react the same way. Countless events may cause us to feel forgotten or abandoned: divorce, sickness, the loss of a loved one, close friends moving away, or self isolation because of a virus. During times of loneliness, we may forget God's presence and search for comfort in all the wrong places. When we're unable to find solace, our feelings intensify, making it increasingly difficult to hear God's voice.

Today's reading reminds us that God offers the ultimate place of refuge. When we accept God's invitation, feelings of loneliness are quickly replaced with an overwhelming sense of acceptance and comfort. Spending time with God can restore our sense of belonging. There, in God's presence, we can find the blessing of true peace.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for always providing a place of comfort and refuge. Help us to remember your presence in times of loneliness, in Jesus' name, amen.

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