Safe Space

Unlike the politically correct, urban definition of this term “safe space,” I propose the only true and eternal safe space is the Will of God. What is it that the Great God of Heaven and Earth has called you to do? Once He has made that clear to you, as His plenipotentiary, you can go forward in your space safely. One’s Safe Space is not actually geographic as much as it is an atmosphere from which you perform the Will of God.
Using history as a reference point, the Old Testament backdrop is historical. Not representing the entire world during these recorded parameters of time but a telescopic viewpoint which is focused on a small patch of land and a limited group of people as seen from the eye of God. We are not told from scripture what is happening in the Andes or the islands or the Poles. Rather, dialing in on Elijah the prophet’s generation and into an even tighter spot on the biblical map we have a unique pov revealing God’s ability and willingness to assist people. The mind of God, His benevolent intervention, His miraculous and more are discovered in the Elijah recounting.
Names have meaning and so, Elijah the Tishbite defined as God is Jehovah even in a difficult situation… He was from Gilead; translated a rocky region confirming this imagery further. ‘Elijah the Tishbite from Gilead’ represents God who is there when someone is between a rock and a hard place.
Can the common believer identify with Elijah? Was he a supernatural hero, beyond the normal flesh and blood? I don’t think so. James 5:17 states, Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! NLT And then, we read that he prayed again so that it rained and the earth bore fruit, verse 18.
For many reasons, I find that Elijah represents the common man chosen of God as a plenipotentiary; acting as a representative of God while having full power to act independently.
Does God give supernatural powers to those that will harm themselves and others with said powers? Yes. The world is full of these empowered ones while the Elijah types are far and few. Not being perfect, Elijah nonetheless endeavored to fulfill his purpose and to please God. Was he smart, mature or courageous? Apparently, not. And even his faith wavered concerning God’s willingness to watch his back… God allowed all of this and it would seem, God  adjusted His plan to include Elijah’s reluctance. After meeting Elijah’s needs during the 3 and half year drought, the prophet experienced a loss of confidence afterward; Elijah ran for his life to hide in a cave, 1Kgs 19.
A bit like the rhetoric question asked of Adam in the garden, God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?” God knew very well what Elijah was doing there in that cave and Elijah’s answer appears to be either induced by self pity or self-deception. God disproved Elijah’s reasoning before asking him again, “What are you doing here?”
When Elijah gave the same answer, it seems God changes course or horse in mid-stream as we read that Elisha will take Elijah’s office of prophet. God didn’t punish Elijah for the his unwillingness to finish the task but perhaps God is not done with Elisha, even now.

From Revelations 11:3-7 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth…These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire… When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.

Are the Two Witnesses Jews as the “olive trees” imagery alludes? Perhaps, Moses is one but it certainly looks like Elijah even as Jesus confirmed, is the other of these two. So Elijah has work yet to be accomplished but again the idea of acting independently is revealed here; “as often as they desire.”
But… But… How is Elijah representing the everyday human, doing the Will of God, considered to be in a Safe Space? You ask, after all, if it is true that he is one of the Two witnesses, he dies at the hands of God’s enemy. Examine again the story of Elisha found n the Old Testament scriptures, 1Kgs chapter 18 through 2Kgs chapter 2. God kept Elisha safe from all manner of injury. God proved to Elisha that He was not only capable but willing to keep him safe and also, to miraculously keep safe those who relied on Elisha; those who were between a rock and a hard place. Yes, even when Elisha was reluctant to finish the job, God kept him safe. True, we understand that sometime in the future Elisha will have to pay the price of death but lets be real. Truth says in the letter to the Hebrews 9:27, ‘each person is appointed once to die and after that, judgment…’
Elijah represents the Safe Space human. All humans must die, as flesh and blood cannot enter Heaven even as a caterpillar cannot fly without metamorphosing. Elijah will return to die physically, as the reborn saint must die-to-self spiritually to participate in that great up-taking, the Rapture.
Die-to-self and finish your task! Find the Will of God for your life! It is the true Safe Space even for a snowflake.

Happiness, Joy, Key to Happiness, Love

Key to Happiness

The short answer:
Joy rather than mere happiness is the goal. Joy abides while happiness is mercurial allowing pleasure only at the mountain tops… Valleys, and the hike up and down should be enjoyed too.

Joy can be spiked with happy events and horrid encounters but the nature of joy moves one above the affairs of life. The atmosphere of joy is a rarefied air. Even happy moments are seen from above when joy rules. And moreso the challenges, set backs, failures, regrets, mistakes and even, sin are all quashed under the strength and abiding power of joy. Not the naive, impractical, unrealistic feeling that is similar to fool’s gold but I write of another emotion that one must cultivate.
Joy is birthed from love. Yep. Brotherly love generates joy. The reason being is that when we push to love others, even the unlovable, the portal opened by toxic emotions like hate, envy, bitterness begins to close. God’s eye turns towards love. All our previous and present screw-ups fade until the love that we are endeavoring to give, covers all.
God, Himself opens and shuts the valves that release the purified air we need to be happy or full of joy. Revelations 3:7 alludes to a prophesy given to a Jewish steward named Eliakim. The link between the two scriptures is the Key of David which shuts and opens and the clue to how God uses this key is found in the name of the congregation in Revelations 3; Philadelphia or literally, Brotherly love. In Isaiah 22, Eliakim is contrasted with his selfish, mean spirited predecessor. As a steward, Eliakim’s new position was one of responsibility toward those he would serve and as in Revelation 3, the key he wields enables an opening and closing.
Love does something! Reach out. Take time. Stop with the snarky thoughts and speech. Pray for those who spitefully use you. Be grateful. Quit trying to be the bride at every wedding and the cadaver at every funeral… Be humble. Do something. Philadelphia!

Toxicity levels will begin to drop. We are reassured that love covers all sins. God so loved the world removing the debt of sin if we choose to believe. Meanwhile, God counsels from Proverbs 10:12- “Hatred stirs up strife but love covers all sins.” Furthermore, Peter being moved by God’s Spirit advises, “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1Pt4:8
It is not solely God doing something for us in that Jesus was given as vicarious atonement but He expects us to do something for others, by way of love.

So to conclude, the Key to Happiness is receiving God’s love by accepting His forgiveness by faith in Jesus; He died and rose from the grave. Joy tangibly fills the inner chambers of the soul as guilt of sin vacates. When Jesus opens, no one can shut and when He closes, no one can reopen. For happiness to remain, joy to be full, the forgiven must in turn forgive, let go, love. And, that is the long answer.