What Am I Grateful for Today…Shelter


91 Living in the Most High’s shelter,
    camping in the Almighty’s[a] shade,
I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold!
    You are my God—the one I trust!” (Psalm 91:1-2, Common English Bible).

As I write this, it is a chilly, breezy, rainy night. It is nights like this that make me thankful I was not dealt the hand that many people live with. I am thankful for a sound roof over my head and walls that block out the cold, wind and rain.

While I wouldn’t say we are having a stormy night, I have experienced far worse, it still makes me grateful both for the parsonage that gives me shelter right now and for the retirement home that gives Cindy shelter and will give it to me again one day.

I might not have built either place but I still consider them mine. The parsonage comes with my job. The retirement home I am trying to pay for before I actually retire. Both places gave us shelter during Hurricane Harvey. Both have provided shelter during lesser storms. Between now and when Cindy and I retire, both will offer us shelter from the literal storms, large and small.

Today’s lesson talks about shelter of a different kind. The psalmist writes “Living in the Most High’s shelter, camping in the Almighty’s shade, I say to the Lord, ‘You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!’”

The shelter of which the psalmist speaks is a different shelter than either of my homes. It isn’t the physical shelter from a literal storm the way my homes shelter me, it is a spiritual shelter from the spiritual storms of life.

We all face these situations. Our kids get into trouble. We get into trouble. We fall short of our goals. Bad grades, co-worker problems, family problems, money problems and so much more.

Just as the shelter of our homes fails to prevent us from every aspect of the literal storm, being in the shelter of God’s arms doesn’t mean the spiritual storms will not come to our lives.

Storms will always come our way. Sometimes the shelter we have in the physical world isn’t enough. The wind can be too much. The rain can overwhelm. The physical can be destroyed. The spiritual cannot be.

Yes, consequences of the spiritual storm can still touch our lives, but unlike the physical shelter, the spiritual shelter will never fail. That is the good news. No matter what comes our way, be it physical or spiritual, God is with us. God loves us. God will see us through it all. What more could we ask?

Shelter is what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today? Write it down in your journal and share it with someone else. There is so much for which to be grateful. Be grateful today.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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