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Where to find safety

One of the Christmas memories that our kids cherish the most was the memory of building an elaborate fort out of blankets and overturned chairs and furniture on Christmas eve. They’d build it and then all five would try unsuccessfully to sleep in it.   Talia recalls the fort-buildi…
By Seth Barnes
One of the Christmas memories that our kids cherish the most was the memory of building an elaborate fort out of blankets and overturned chairs and furniture on Christmas eve. They’d build it and then all five would try unsuccessfully to sleep in it.
 
Talia recalls the fort-building process like this:
Christmas
Eve would finally come and we’d spend all day building a fort. Every
sheet, blanket and pillow in the house,
went towards the creation of our own magnificent fortress.
 
While each
kid contributed to the overall
structure of the fort, we were each responsible for whatever interior we
desired to sleep in. And then come the
late hour of 6:00pm we set out Peppermint Bark and Diet Coke (our Santa
didn’t like milk) and we would hustle to our little dens to sleep.  
 
We
did this for years. Even when my friend Misty came to visit,
bless her heart. And yes, three of us
were college graduates. 
Building forts was a hard tradition to give up. I think maybe a couple of years ago they looked around and realized they were in their 20s and getting too old for it.
I was thinking about why it is that kids build forts. And I came to the conclusion that it’s a way of expressing our basic need to be safe. When we’re hidden away in our fort, we’re safe.
 
We are always looking for a place where we’re protected from people who may want to harm us.

And as we go thru life, what we discover is that life is often dangerous. There are no guarantees.

Like you perhaps, I’ve been wounded and bruised by my journey thru life. But I decided that past didn’t have to be prologue when it came to the atmosphere at my workplace.

Yet, there’s a gap between aspiration and reality. It hasn’t been easy to make that happen. This past year at Adventures we’ve gone thru transitions that at times heightened our anxiety instead of making us feel safe.

Of course the only safe place we can ever offer the world is in Christ. He’s a stronghold, our fort, our hiding place. In the midst of the world’s current financial storms, he offers ultimate safety.

What I love about many of you reading this blog and those I work with is that you’re committed to showing the world what it means to be truly safe – to be “hidden” in Christ. You understand not only the great gift that Christmas represents to all of us, but you’re willing to pay the price to see that others get it too.
 
Do you feel safe at work? Do you feel safe with your friends? What makes you feel safe?

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