Growing up in the suburbs of New York as an 80’s baby and outdoor kid, we played a game called Tag. This game consisted of three or more kids running around a playground. One kid temporarily held the status of “IT” and the IT kid had to chase the other kids around and touch another kid a single time in order to transfer the tag and IT status onto them and be free of it. The tables would then turn and the game would reset and continue. But there was a catch…the kids would designate a spot on the yard or playground (usually a tree or fence) as “Home Base.” As long as you hold onto this spot, you’re considered “Safe” or momentarily free from becoming tagged IT. On-and-on it would go until everyone became tired, bored or called back into classes from lunch.
Apparently this schoolyard game has been around for centuries, is popular across the globe and has even been banned by schools in which they felt children were negatively affected. But I was inspired by the element of being Safe at Home Base. The benefits of freedom, safety and protection in Christ’s salvation is like Home Base for us all except there is no time limit on its covering or far away distance of its boundary.
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalm 57:1 (NIV)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
So often as people we get caught up in our current circumstance and are like kids running around the schoolyard; we’re avoiding our problems, blaming others for their wrongs or wrestling alone with being tagged IT by hardship or a sin choice. We forget all about Home Base, doubt its power of protection or pridefully think we can manage life on our own without it. We foolishly play a game of Tag with Satan in which we’re powerless to win. But God’s love is evident and scripture says “…He’s an ever-present help in a time of need or trouble.” I can testify that this is true whether or not we’re eagerly reaching out to Him or being “Good Christians” checking off every box.
I’m writing to encourage you to stay connected and stop playing Tag with Satan. You don’t have to be overcome by today’s challenges, past guilt and demystifying fear of being tagged with failure, danger, judgement or loss of control. God is creator, Jesus is savior and the Holy Spirit is a traveling Home Base. Take the time to re-connect today with a simple prayer, studying a line of scripture, having a quiet moment with God or even enjoying a gospel song. Watch the burden lift a little bit and see joy shine through.
-Brandon Edwards | Contributing Blogger