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Find that cozy refuge for yourself, His comfort and healing presence

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 91:1)

Headfirst. I was being placed headfirst in a lying position for the brain scan. I’ve had other Magnetic Resonance Imaging examinations before but this time the claustrophobic feeling would be big-time. A cradle-like sling was placed around my head to prevent any movement in order for the imaging to register clearly. The doctor was investigating head pains I had been experiencing.

I kept my eyes tightly closed so I couldn’t see how much of the "tunnel" closed in on me. Nevertheless, my mind began to wander into an area of panic, knowing I could not escape for the next 30 minutes or so.

The Lord in His graciousness brought to remembrance the psalmist’s words I had recently contemplated. Where, indeed, is that "secret place"? The words paint the picture of being protected "under the shadow of the Almighty". I gathered my thoughts, determined that I would be like the baby bird who seeks that cozy refuge under the parent eagle’s wings. Soon, I began to know God’s comfort and presence and the promise of "healing in His wings." (Malachi 4:2)Time passed slowly, the longest half hour I've known but it also was a chance to discover God's secret place, for myself.

The doctor called later with the good news that all was clear! Praise be to the Lord for hiding me under the shadow of His wings!

What about you? The scripture verses which follow are a guide to that secret place where you can trust that God watches over and protects you in time of stress.

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, 'Destroy!’" (Deuteronomy 33:27)

"...under whose wings you have come for refuge." (Ruth 2:12)

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)

"But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings..." (Malachi 4:2)

"How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings." (Psalm 36:7)

"...In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me..." (Psalm 27:5)

"...Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me." (Psalm 17:8, 9)

"...You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavillion from the strife of tongues." (Psalm 31:20)

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