WHERE IS YOUR HAVEN
Instead of going straight to my computer after breakfast this morning I headed outside to sit on the porch while the temperature was still fairly cool. I wanted to spend some time thinking about the Five Minute Friday word, haven, but I wasn’t quite ready to write for it. (After I went back inside I realized that the porch is often a haven for me.)
I began by tuning in to my surroundings. The sun was so bright it made me squint even though the porch was shady. A variety of birds were chattering and singing while a nearby crow added his shrill, “Caw! Caw!” I looked down through the lattice half-wall of the porch at the blueberry bushes heavy with fruit. It won’t be long before we are harvesting plump, delicious blueberries.
Grabbing my phone/camera I walked down the steps to get a closer look at the water droplets clinging to the blueberry leaves, sparkling in the sun. I noticed how strong the tomato plants looked even though they are still small. Then I helped myself to a beautiful ripe, red, sweet strawberry. “Yum, Yum!”
By then I was ready to free write for five minutes on the word haven.
A haven is a place of safety, a refuge.
Where Can We Find a Haven?
Often I find my refuge in God as I pray or read the scriptures. These verses at the beginning of Psalm 91 come to mind.
Whoever 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.
Music is another type of haven for me. I can listen to words that say what I want to say or need to hear, while the music itself can stir or quiet my soul.
A haven can also be a place where you meet a friend who will sit with you and listen, offering empathy.
A haven can also be a place where you meet a friend who will sit with you and listen, offering empathy. Sometimes just being there without saying a word is all that may be needed.
I like to think of my home, even with all its imperfections, as a haven not only for us, but for our friends and acquaintances. We have a lot to offer by giving of ourselves and providing good food and shelter.
If we welcome people, put them at ease and help them feel safe, then we have provided a haven.
What about you? Where and how do you find or provide a haven?