I love sitting underneath a big shady tree. From here I can see the world outside and hide from its view. I consider it my sanctuary and shelter when things just don’t seem to make sense. Here is where I can sort out and analyze life’s knotted picture and untangle the threads one by one. My favorite tree as a child was the weeping willow. My aunt had one in her front yard and to me that was the best hide-away a child could ever experience. Underneath that big tree was space enough to pull in a table and chairs and have a private tea party. Once my cousins, sisters and I swung from the vines growing on the tree. We all pretended we were swinging across some dangerous river when in reality it was only a mud puddle. And when the wind blew, the noise of the branches and leaves swaying made a perfect whisper and it felt like God was walking in your midst.
This day, I sat on the sculpture in the foreground of the picture above taking in the beauty of the pond, trees and plants just beyond my reach. I listened to the birds singing and the water gurgling past me on its way to the lake. I remembered the verse from Psalms 91:1, “You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, ..” (MSG) It reminded me that beneath His shadow I was safe and shielded from potential harm. I can watch things whirl around me but remain untouched. His strong arm shields me from trouble and I am thankful for this serene reminder of the Master’s plan.
I encourage you to find a shadowed placed that allows you to retreat into a sanctuary of protection. We all need to feel the peace that comes from underneath that shadow.