Leaning In

February 14, 2002
by Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Micah 3:11 – Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, "Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us." (NIV)

At the end of the day, after I have walked away from the things that have kept me busy, after I have set the coffee pot for the next morning, after I have tended to the cats and made sure my child is in bed sleeping safely, I come to my favourite place.

It isn't the quiet solitude of the back porch rocker, or the soothing warmth of a lingering bubble bath. It isn't even the enveloping comfort of the overstuffed easy chair in the corner of the living room.

Over all other places, my all-time favourite spot is in the crook of my husband's arms.

There is a feeling of safety as I cradle myself within that special place. I sincerely believe that the Lord designed it in my husband when he was created, knowing that someday, I would rest in that very spot. It is a perfect fit.

All the cares of the day seem to fall away as I nestle up against my husband, the strength of his arms surrounding me. And I desire to lean in ever closer.

Oh Lord, how much more do you desire that we lean into You? How much greater is Your longing that we would learn to rest in Your faithfulness, and relax in the safety of Your arms?

In You is release from the things of this world that rob our peace and mask our joy. Through Your Word, You become reality in our minds and in our hearts, enabling us to entrust ourselves to You. The psalmist understood this when he wrote, "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." (Psalm 4:8 NIV) In the midst of Saul's pursuit, David understood the undisturbed rest that You provide.

Teach us, Lord, to rest in You and to extend to You the same trust that we place in our loved ones. Help us to seek You above all others as the one true source of safety. In the midst of our troubles, hear our cries and reveal to us that perfect place in Your presence that You have created, knowing that one day we would come, desiring to lean in ever closer to the One who loves us most. Amen.

About the author:

Joann Tompkins-Winborn <shinenlite@aol.com>
Pompano Beach, Florida, USA

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