Shelter in Place

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

On the first morning of my state’s official stay-at-home mandate due to coronavirus, I walked to the end of my country lane and discovered a few other official things.

The sunrise pushed shadows out of the valley.
Deer meandered through the yard, unhurried and unworried.
Geese rose off the reservoir, honking out their flight plan.

God’s book of works (creation) confirmed His book of words: He was still God.

But this confirmation did not mean that I would blatantly ignore the authorities looking out for my welfare. It meant that I would “shelter in place” doing my part to end the health crisis in my county, state, and nation.

As I marked things off my calendar – women’s gatherings, church services, visits to loved ones, shopping, and weekly meetings, I took comfort in the fact that one very important thing would never be marked off:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NIV

God has often called us to shelter in Him. The peace of His presence is incomparable. His faithfulness is irreplaceable. This is why, as believers in His love and grace, we can respond in love and grace during these trying times rather than in fear and panic.

Others who don’t know Him are watching our responses. May they see obedience in our example and His peace in our eyes. May they want to know the God who is still God and loves us enough to offer us shelter.


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She caught his hand. “Where are you going?” Surely not out in the storm.
“I won’t be long, but I have to check the barn, in case it was hit by lightning.”
Fear squeezed her voice into a whisper. “What if you’re hit?”
Her plea drew longing across his features, and again he fingered her hair back. “Stay here. Please—this time—do as I ask.”
How could she not?   ~An Improper Proposal

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16 thoughts on “Shelter in Place

  1. Wise words. Thank you, Davalynn.

    1. davalynn

      Thanks for stopping by, David.

  2. Ohhh, SO GOOD!!!

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Jennifer. Indeed, He is good!

  3. I love your perspective and your word pictures. I read this, and I wanted to shelter-in-place at your house! 😉

    1. davalynn

      Haha – thank you, Jeanne. Blessings to you.

  4. Phylis Moore

    Love this! Thanks Davalynn! Love Psalm 91:1!!! I can’t wait to see what is coming from this experience. More prayer! More spiritual growth! More patience! More opportunities to talk about Jesus! God bless you. I pray you will have peace about that. xox Phylis

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Phylis. And amen – things like this draw us to Him.

  5. Mary Ellen

    Thank you for the encouragement.
    Though we are separated, this reminder
    brings us more together as the one
    church eagerly looking and waiting on Him for His promised return!

    1. davalynn

      Amen, Mary Ellen!

  6. Karen Gee

    I have forwarded this to many relatives. It has been a real blessing to me and to my loved ones.
    We can still find joy in God’s amazing creation. Let us us seek the peace that Jesus promises us in John 14:27! And don’t let your hearts be troubled. God will keep us through the tough times!!

    1. davalynn

      So glad this was a blessing for you and your family, Karen. And yes, He reassures of His great love.

  7. Mary Hunwardsen

    Hi Davalynn!
    Your words are so comforting & reassuring. As I read them, I can actually hear your soft voice saying the words to me. You are such a blessing to so many people. You reminded me to go to HIM in a time of fear & anxiety instead of dwelling on what it could be. Thank You! Stay safe & well! Hello to Jake!

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Mary. I’m so blessed to know this was an encouragement to you. Many blessings and much love.

  8. In times like today, we sure need to remember that we are safe at home, sheltered in place under God’s Wings… Added the two books of this series to my kindle for reading soon.
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books & Author Services

    1. davalynn

      So true, Linda. Thank you for reading. By the way, Book 3 in the Front Range Brides series releases in June.


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