If you have never uttered, or heard of this phrase, you are probably under 40. But, if you lived through 1970’s television commercials – before you could skip them – you would have seen a woman plagued by children, telephones, a husband, chores, meals, and pets begging for her bubble bath to bring her to a place of peace and serenity. Cue next shot of same woman, relaxing in a pristine bathtub with candles and flowers and nary a barking dog, ringing telephone or needy toddler in sight. Calgon is a mighty refuge!
Except it’s not. Because someday, she will open the bathroom door and re-enter the real world. The husband, toddlers, and dog are probably waiting right outside the door.
Psalm 91:1-2 says this:
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
You might argue, “I don’t have time to spend hours in my prayer closet. The kids would dismantle the house!” You are absolutely right. They would. So, surely, dwelling in the shelter of the Most High cannot be limited to the prayer closet, the worship service, or the altar.
Times of peace cannot be reserved for places of solitude and quiet. Rest must be acquired during your time with the Lord and then carried into the real world where dogs bark, and bosses demand, and children cry, and groceries need to be purchased, and dinners need to be made and… True peace, real rest, must abide in your heart.
Living In Peace
So then, when you are cut off on the freeway, instead of shaking your fist and screaming, remember, “They are harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36
When someone hurts you, instead of vengeance, remember Jesus’ words, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
When you are overcome by want or need, remember, the lilies and the birds (Matthew 6:25-31). Surely, God won’t forget about you.
When you feel broken, undesirable, unlovable, remember, “All beautiful you are, my darling, there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon, 4:9
When you are feeling like you just can’t do anything right, remember, “You are perfect. You are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:4
When you are in the midst of a situation where there seems to be no answer, seek one. Delve into the Word, allow it to abide in your heart. Read it, write it down, memorize it, sing it, speak it, breathe it in. Rely on it to encourage, convict, and direct you. Experience the Presence of God in your real life by allowing Him in to every part of who you are.
A bubble bath will bring temporary peace. The Spirit abides.
Believing for you,