In a flash, the month of April was over, as were our last days in Whispers and Wildflowers. The discussion surrounded one word which stood out like a flashing neon sign – sanctuary –> Alone time with God.
“And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.” (Romans 8:10, NLT)
My alone time with God, during the years I raised my children, was literally in my van. I also did daycare during those years and so, when I went to pick my children up from school, my van was already full of children. But the kids would fall asleep on the drive. So I would take my Bible and leave earlier than I needed to, knowing that once I arrived in my parking space at the school, quiet time awaited me.
My van affectionately became known as “my sanctuary”.
Fourteen years of quiet time was spent in that van. Want to know how ridiculous it got? When it came time to sell my van, I cried because we were getting rid of it. My van was the most precious place where I had met with the Lord – alone. My husband thought I was crazy. One day I literally said aloud to him, “What if Jesus doesn’t meet me in my new car?”
And yes, I was serious, as the thought was quite upsetting to me.
It was also ridiculous. Of course, the Lord has surely met me in my new car. And it has nothing to do with my vehicle. It is because our hearts are His sanctuary. He comes into every space when we invite Him.
“You hold God inside of you. He’s taken up residence right there in your heart. If you’re like me, sometimes you forget. You forget that there is supernatural power living inside you. You forget that you have access to God at any moment of the day. Today see your heart as a sanctuary for Him.” (Sarah Beth Marr, Whispers and Wildflowers, pave 218)
Sanctuary —> “a consecrated place; a holy meeting place.”
May the Lord help us to remember this precious thought …
He dwells in the sanctuary of our hearts.
Our hearts, His home.