Originally posted February, 2009
I woke up long before the alarm was to ring this morning. After realizing I wasn't going back to sleep, I took advantage of the early morning hours to start the coffee and turn on the TV for one of my favorite ways to relax. Two Christian networks play videos by worship.net* and CreationScapes.tv in the wee hours of the morning. (Note: These programs are no longer on the Christian networks at night... unfortunately.)
I sat in the Lazy Boy, sipped coffee, and found body... mind... and spirit relaxing in the hour before I had to wake Christopher up for his commute to his 8:00 class.
Watching the beautiful scenery and listening to praise music reminded me of other times I have found comfort in these videos and I thought about the concept of having a Safe Harbour to run to when going through the storms of life.
Just as storms come and go in nature, so we find ourselves in real life storms... some so mild we hardly notice the dark clouds... others leave us feeling as if we were in the midst of the whirlwind, hanging on for dear life. I've found the necessity of providing a Safe Harbour at times, those places I can go to find peace for my soul in the midst of hurricane force winds.
Of course, the storm continues to rage and the circumstances have yet to change. But a Safe Harbour provides peace in the midst of the storm... at times enough to help regain needed strength and encourage us with faith to continue.
What are some of my Safe Harbours... past and now?
- Reading the Psalms
- Talking to God in the morning
- Talking to God when I can't sleep
- Watching the antics of furry friends
- Getting lost in a book
- Baking in a warm and cozy kitchen
- Inspirational music
- Beautiful artwork
- Watching a re-run of an old TV show
- British flicks on DVD
- Gardens in Spring
- Forests in Autumn
- Sunrises and sunsets
- Hiking trails when Christopher was little
- Walking the shores of Lake Michigan
- Picnics at the park when both kids were home
- Breakfast at the Cracker Barrel
- Getting away alone for coffee
- Tea time at home
- Memories of fun family times
Yours may be different than mine. While working with flour, sugar, and butter can help me temporarily forget my burdens... it can be a burden to another. My husband finds rest for his soul watching Chicago Sports... go figure.
When you are budgeting for tomorrow... make room for that which will be a place of Safe Harbour in the storm.
Photo of the Gulf Coast taken by my friend BB in Texas