1 Feb 2010
Snowstorms and Shadows
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’”
We experienced a snow storm this past weekend. What’s unusual about that? We live in North Carolina. The snow fell and life stopped. Social events were re-scheduled, churches cancelled services and malls closed early. My daughter came to spend the weekend with us and made cookies—real comfort food! We nestled in front of the fireplace and enjoyed our time together. It was comforting to be safe and inside as we watched the large flakes fall and accumulate in inches on our patio and lawn. As I look out on our lawn this morning, I see the sun shining and trees casting shadows. Tomorrow we’ll listen for news about the Groundhog’s shadow and his prediction of a long or short winter. Just how reliable is his prediction? Common sense tells us not to put much stock in the prophecy of a furry creature, yet news travels and we hear about whether or not he saw his shadow and complain or rejoice as if the news carries real weight.
Psalm 91 refers to a residence and a shadow that we can rely on. The Psalmist tells us that the dwelling place for security is in the shelter of the Most High God. It’s a place that offers comfort and rest in the midst of changing circumstances. It's a place of safety when we’re faced with the unknown. He says, “Come and rest here,” when we’re going in too many directions. His shadow reflects who He is and a reflection of security and refuge.
Are you facing a challenge today? Do you have decisions to make? God promises you shelter and a refuge. His residence is a place of safety and rest. He is faithful. Look for His shadow. It’s reliable and it is truth.
Hearty Soup for a Winter Day
This comfort recipe is adapted from a recipe given to me by a friend.
1 lb Italian sausage, cut into ½’ pieces
½ lb chicken breast pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 can black beans, drained
1 can northern beans, drained
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
Fry sausage and drain. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and garlic and fry chicken breast pieces. Add remaining ingredients to a large stock pot and add sausage and chicken. Season with oregano and basil. Bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes. Serve with grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese.