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Topic: REFUGE (08/29/19)
- TITLE: I am at Home, with Him
By Judith Gayle Smith
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I am blessed with a friend who loves our Lord and Saviour. He seeks to serve Him by offering a "glimpse of Heaven" to everyone. He is our beloved hairdresser, who has discovered his calling at our assisted living haven. Our elderly, our physically and emotionally suffering have a place to "veg", relax and/or "come alive" to the rhythm of his glorious place of rest. He offers head, neck and shoulder massages with shampoos - I yield swiftly, gracefully to perfect comfort.
This thoughtful man keeps the banter light and lively. His exquisite shimmering "den" delights our senses - weekly disgruntlement flows into nothingness. An hour of "feel good" is a precious haven indeed. Hungry for something beyond "dainties?" Missed lunch because of your hair appointment? His assistant offers to go to the dining room to bring lunch to you. What more could we ask? A place of safety, beauty, quietness - a refuge from the world outside the everyday.
I have a "home away from home" with my sweet fella and his eighteen-year-old poodle. They reside downstairs. We spend most of our time playing card games and resting. Rest and revitalization are priorities. Yes, I am one of those little old ladies seeking beauty and peace at our sparkling hair salon. But a comfortable recliner and a hot cup of cocoa lovingly offered - I totally melt.
Busyness surrounds us - we are both laboring over challenging jigsaw puzzles on separate tables. Bibles, newspapers, books, and magazines are consumed over love and happiness. We relax together, pray together and find sweet peace in Jesus together.
I share a wonderful, airy two-bedroom apartment with my sweet, crazy sister. We have decorated it so we can sit and delight in our rocker-recliners, happily eyeing fuzzy stuffed rabbits and tigers. Colorful glued puzzles line the walls - my contribution to glamorous decor.
Barb is always busy, crafting masterpiece necklaces in front of the television - she calls them "haloes for God."
R and R. Rest and relaxation. But I find little safety and comfort in a room where I sit, nose buried in my computer, while the television greedily consumes everyone's attention.
My bedroom should be a safe place. I have a lovely queen bed with pillows, plush cushions - and clothes strewn everywhere. I never professed to be a decent homemaker. I sleep, rise and rush to fill the day with others. People to see, games to be played, hugs to be shared. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are interspersed with mini visits and back scratches to all who desire such love and attention.
My sister and I are Sabbath keepers. Non-denominational - we simply love our Father and are delighted to have a special day to return some love and time to Him as found in His Fourth Commandment. How can we truly find His Sabbath rest on busy, working days? His Seventh-Day Sabbath starts Fridays at sundown and ends Saturdays at sundown.
Sleeping late, listening to my audio Bible while I sleep and while I am awake - this is the refuge for me. To find refuge does not necessarily require an especially comfortable, safe place to rest. When I listen to God's Word, I am instantly transported to Him, snuggling in His wonderful Arms, resting my head on His Breast.
His Fourth Commandment - observing it, we acknowledge that He created all that we are and see, including His Sabbath rest to return to Him.
"Crystal palaces," luxurious surroundings, soothing music, and tasty foodstuffs do not represent a safe haven from the world. Worldly pleasures, beautiful and intoxicating as they are, command too much of our attention - and our money.
I listen to my audio Bible while working on my puzzles, spending a great deal of quiet time with our Father. When I listen every night, falling asleep while "plugged in", I lose much of what I need and want to hear due to falling asleep. Sabbath rest refreshes me.
I am at home, with Him.
Thank you, Father - for time with You.
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