According to the Cambridge dictionary a safe space is a place or a room where people who feel threatened or upset go to.

Where is your safe space or place? Who is your safe space ? What makes you feel safe ? Why do you need a safe space ?

When one is upset, where they go or what they do to make them feel better is very telling of their character. Time and time again the Bible describes the Lord as a strong tower where the righteous run to find safety (proverbs 18:10) or the Lord is our refuge in Psalms 46:1. In times where everything may seem against us we are told to run to God for shelter and safety.

Often times, humans tend to rely on a quick fix. A temporary solution, one which blurs the troubles whilst we are opened to attacks unaware of the arrows which are flying by night and terror by day. Substances and environments which tell us it’s okay, they bury the dangers under a thin piece of cloth. When light is shun, by the crack of dawn the troubles are revealed. A magician never reveals his tricks, Satan never hides the dangers. He may offer a quick fix, only to make you think the dangers aren’t there anymore.

In a time where trials and tribulations are around every corner. Jesus must be our safe place, the one who brings true peace. He isn’t a quick fix, rather a permanent comfort. For the sufferings are temporary and do not compare to the permanent reward to come in the eternal. A king who through the valley, the hills and the shadow of death, a life filled with light is promised.

Jesus in his greatest despair, his safe place was God. In the garden of Gethsemane(Matthew 26). Just leading up to his crucifixion and prior to this he was anointed by Mary.

Jesus was very aware of what is to come (Son of God), in his human nature he is surely overwhelmed. He doesn’t chat with his disciples to try ignore or push back what is to happen. He doesn’t suggest to throw a feast. Jesus takes humility in full form, he goes into a secret place in the garden he falls on his face and he calls upon the name of the Lord, his strong tower; a safe space.

He prays the same prayer twice :

“And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:39‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:42‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Upon his prayer he returns to find his watch (his disciples asleep) initially he asks them to pray and wake up, the second time he tells them to sleep on. I believe upon going to pray the second time God gives him that peace and strength to embark on what’s to come.

Bride of Christ in times of despair, fear, dismay or all of the above. Return into the name of the lord, fall on your face and give it to him. Be of good cheer beloved for Jesus has overcome the world. Do not give into fear or the things of this world. It will fade away,

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:35‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Hold onto the word of God! Your gethsemane is what you make it. In the garden of Eden man fell but in the garden of gethsemane Jesus stood. You can try to sleep the troubles away or you call upon the name of the Lord. He gives strength to the weak, a little sleep and a little slumber you will wake up to the same problems.

I pray that in a time of despair, we may call on the name of Jesus. The name that is above all names, may we not call on the things of the world which will fade away. May God’s word be a tower for us to abide. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

p.s listen to safe place by Lauren Milne

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3 Comments

  • wow. beautifully written, he is our safe place , we should run to him and stay there. i have learnt that it’s not enough to keep running to him, when we leave that place the danger rears its head . but when it becomes a lifestyle of prayer, always covered by his cloud, always fixing eyes on him, always in the tabernacle, and being conscious of him. the other stuff we are less susceptible to.

    Your writing is getting really good.

  • Wuraola Dairo

    This is very timely

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