A safe place.
Several years ago I happened to be journeying through some very rough seas in my life.
Extreme highs and lows.
No smooth water to be found.
I remember telling him then and have told him twice since that time, “You are a safe place, a safe harbor for people like me.”
He asked, “What exactly does that mean?”
I explained, “People like me need people like you in our lives. People like me, for some reason, we sail in turbulent waters at times. People like me need people like you to be a safe harbor, where we can just rest, even for a moment.”
Personally, I did not know how to pay him a higher compliment than that.
The following passage of scripture has meant a great deal to me for the past three years.
I held this scripture as my own when my mother was nearing the end of her journey.
And there are two instances where I use this passage to encourage or to comfort.
If I sense that someone else is having to sail through very rough seas themselves.
Or, if someone or their loved one is near the end of their journey, and the storms of life are over and they are sailing into their final safe harbor.
Ask God to make you a safe harbor for someone as my friend is to me.
“He calms the storm and stills the waves. What a blessing is that stillness as he brings them safely into harbor.” Psalm 107:29-30