The Shelter
Melissa Taylor

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

It happened again. My sweet ten year-old son came home from school deeply wounded. Some kids at school who were making fun of him and calling him names. My heart broke as I tried to comfort my worn down gift from God, my beloved son.

When Dylan was just one year-old, he had surgery on his head. This surgery left a scar that is visible. It really never bothered him much because he can't see it. He's always known it was there, but since it was out of sight, it was out of mind. Until someone else reminded him it was there, pointed out that it looked weird, and then a few others joined in. Their words pierced my son's heart and he needed a safe place to hide.

I prayed for Dylan and tried to explain why some people say things that are hurtful. I did all I could do to comfort him, but after all my efforts, he still came back to the same feelings of not fitting in. I will never forget how helpless I felt as a parent as I listened to him cry for hours begging God to take away the hurt.

My husband called Dylan upstairs to our bedroom. I noticed after a while how quiet it was in the house. Peace seemed to have settled over our home. I walked upstairs to make sure everything was alright and what I saw brought tears to my eyes. There they were, father and son, tucked into a fort, a shelter, that Jeff had built for Dylan. He called it Dylan's Den. It was equipped with blankets, pillows, a roof, and the arms of his father. Dylan was lying in his daddy's arms with the most peaceful and content look on his face. The man Dylan trusts most of all came to his rescue and provided a refuge, a place of protection for him. What a beautiful example of our Father's love. I will never forget it as long as I live.

When the world is cruel, we need to remember that we all have our Father's shelter that we can run to. There He waits, ready and willing for us to come into His arms to provide us with the security and protection we need. And as our key verse states, when we dwell in His shelter, we will find rest. God never promises that we will be free from trouble, but He does promise His help whenever we experience trouble.

Are you experiencing doubt, disappointment, fear, or trouble? Remember that God's arms are open wide. The security of His shelter is there for you.

Dear Lord, Thank you for being my shelter and refuge that I can always run to. Help me to seek shelter and refuge in You alone. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Visit Melissa’s Blog for tips on how to comfort your hurting child, more power verses, and a chance to win a free book.

When Your Child is Hurting by Glynnis Whitwer

Have You Found Shelter in God’s Love?

Application Steps:
Find some time today to seek shelter in the arms of your Father. Tell Him all your are going through and then trust Him to take care of you.

Reflections:
When trouble comes your way, where do you seek shelter?

Do you trust God to protect you in all circumstances?

Isn't it a great feeling knowing that you have God as your refuge?

Power Verses:
Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (NIV)

Psalm 18:2, "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (NIV)

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Jennifer Renee said...

This is such an encouraging devotion. As a child and teenager I was often made fun of and called names because I was visually impaird. Even at the age of sixteen another high school student called me the worst name I had ever been called. I could never tell my parents about the hurtful things that were happening and rest in their arms. I didn't know Jesus and I didn't know that I could rest in His arms. How wonderful to know that we can rest in our loving Father's arms during times of discouragement, troubles, and any time we need comfort. Many times in the past eight months during the hard times I've ended my emails to one of my closest friends by saying that I was resting in our Father's arms.

Anonymous Melissa Taylor said...

Hi! This is Melissa Taylor, the author of today's devo. The blog link is incorrect in the devotion. If you want to enter in today's give away, go to www. MelissaTaylor.org. Just post a comment there in the post titled "When Your Child is Hurting".

Thanks a bunch and sorry for the inconvenience!

Have a wonderful day,
Melissa

Blogger ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Wow! That was an amazing story. what a great visual of what to do when we feel so beaten up by this cold world at times. Kudos to your man! What a guy!! :)

Nicki

OpenID goldens4me312 said...

This visual has been so very helpful. A friend just recently encouraged me to "just rest in Him". Your comments take that advice a step further. We are all His children, afterall. Thank you!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again a gentle post. Because of your crony

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the encouragement. It applys to young and old. What a reminder that our FATHER is waiting for me to come to him for comfort today.
THANK YOU

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