This post was originally published on October 11, 2012
I was speaking with a dear friend not too long ago who shared with me an insight God had given her earlier that day as she walked her dog. It was a very warm day and Cooper, her dog, kept pulling her towards the shade. Now Cooper is a smart dog and he knows there are cooler temps in the shade, and if he’s lucky maybe a little water can be found there, and certainly a place to rest. He wanted to be shaded, protected, comforted and his thirst quenched. And he instinctively knew that the shade was where all those things could be provided.
It occurred to Connie, my friend and Cooper’s “mom,” that we Christians are exactly the same. We desire to be protected and God promises us that protection. The Amplified Bible states: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow [shade] of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” (emphasis mine)
We also desire, no, we need rest from the challenges and trials that we seem to face on a daily basis. God offers us that rest. Again, from the Amplified Bible, “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (I Peter 5:7)
And yes, we thirst. Not only physically, but also spiritually. “The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost.”
I don’t know about you, but I kinda like Cooper’s idea. I would much rather abide in the shade, where it’s cool and restful and where my thirst is always quenched.