“Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm. It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm, and in those times of trouble when you are most alone, the memory of love will bring you home.” •John Denver
A big part of my personality type, the core of who I am, is to be a shelter for those who are closest to me. I’ve also heard the words *refuge* and *sanctuary* used, and those terms give such profound meaning to the way I best know how to love people. I’m not always the best at loving others, and I don’t always find that sentiment reciprocated in the way I wish for either. But when I’m able to give refuge and when it’s offered to me, I know just how much it is a gift.
I’ve found myself pretty tapped out on that part of myself for others these days. I’ve reached a point where the parts deepest in me are drained, and I don’t have much to give. I’ve had to mentally confront things that have happened, things that were going to happen, and things that still might happen, and that has changed me. I feel distant and cut off from things that used to bring me comfort and security... things that I never thought would change, but somehow, here we are.
But the beautiful thing is that God tells us repeatedly in his word that He is our refuge and our shelter from the storm. And he doesn’t grow weary or tired of that like we do. He is our resting place, and he refreshes our souls. And I’m hoping and trusting in that, and also that those words above are true...that when you are most alone, the memory of love will bring you home, and someday soon I’ll be able to be who I was meant to be once again. .
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