The Happy Place
I guess I was born to be a “Lake Girl.” Many happy memories were made with my parents there and now my husband and I have our own little lake place. I look forward to each opportunity to be there. In 2019, however, it was taken away.
At that time we had moved my mother-in-law into our home. Her health was failing. Anyone who has ever been a care giver to an elderly or sick person knows, it can be hard. I found myself depleted physically and emotionally.
There were a couple of times early that spring of 2019, I was able to escape to the lake for a day. I would relax and “re-boot” mentally and spiritually.
Then it happened. They called it the “perfect storm.” It had not happened in 40 years, but the banks of the lake overflowed and our little cottage was flooded. I was devastated! My “Happy Place” was gone.
As I was getting dressed one day, in my sadness, I was bemoaning my loss to God. That’s when I heard Him whisper, “Shouldn’t I be your “Happy Place?” He spoke to my heart and reminded me that if I abide in Him, I will find my true peace, and rest…my happiness. (Psalm 91:1 NLT)
I fell to my knees right there in my closet and asked for forgiveness for my self-pity and selfishness. His fresh waters of love and forgiveness flowed over me and my soul was restored. He had led me to this place and I was grateful.
It is Jesus, not a place at the lake, that restores my soul. And, by the way, He made sure that our cottage was restored also. God is so good!