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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Where Is Your Happy Place?

I love the movie "Finding Nemo." 

I love the Dad, Marlin, who will go to the ends of the earth to search out his son. (He reminds me of my Heavenly Father Who has gone to the ultimate length to save me.

I love Dory who not only can't remember what she did 2 minutes ago, but also doesn't remember how grumpy Marlin is to her, and never wavers in her loyalty to him. (She reminds me of my children who have seen me at my very worst and yet love me anyway.)

I love Crush, the sea turtle, who is the coolest surfer dude dad ever. (He really doesn't remind me of anyone I know- maybe because I live in Texas? Not many surfer dudes here!)

One scene where I always get a chuckle is when the child-terror Darla, the fish killer, is banging on the aquarium tank, and the starfish, Peach, is saying, "Find my happy place! Find my happy place!"

Sometimes, when life is getting turned upside down on me, I think of Peach, and try to find my happy place.

Up to now, my happy place was picturing myself on a big, cushioned swing hanging in a screened-in porch in the Colorado mountains, with the sound of the rushing river in my ears, a Dr. Pepper by my side, and a good book in my hands.

But today I found a better happy place, even than that:
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
Psalm 27:6

 Why is this a better happy place?
  1. God is the One Who conceals me, hides me, and lifts me to the spot. I don't even have to GET there by myself. My Father, who loves me, takes me there, and then He hides me away in safety.
  2. Just look at where He is taking me!
  • Tabernacle: where I can PRAISE Him.
  • Tent: where I can recover with rest.
  • Rock: where I can be secure with a firm foundation.
It just doesn't get much better than that.

So where is my new happy place? In the arms of my loving Heavenly Father, who hides me away in the midst of life's storms.

What could be happier than that?