Do you remember the old childhood game of Tag? It was probably the #1 favorite game my neighborhood friends and I would spend hours playing. A very simple game that, depending on how fast or slow you were, was sure to get your adrenaline pumping in no time fast!
The game of Tag was based on the idea of designating one person, the “It” person, who was responsible for chasing the other players in hopes of catching or tagging them. This person would have to stand still while they counted to 100 by 5’s while the other players scattered themselves as far away from them as possible. As soon as the “It” person got to 100 watch out, because they were coming after you at top speed and their only objective was to tag you and make you “It”, unless of course you were fortunate enough to make it to “Base”.
BASE… ahhh what a lovely thing in the game of Tag! This was the safe place, a place were it was impossible to be tagged because the “It” person lost all power and authority to transfer his/her status to anyone who made it to this place. It was the place that anyone who wasn’t “It” tried their hardest to reach.
As I reminisced about how much fun this game was for us, I couldn’t help but think about how the “base” concept mirrors the safety and protection we are privy to when we come into the presence of our Heavenly Father. The bible tells us that in His presence there is fullness of joy, but not only that, His presence is a place we can run to and be deemed “safe” and “off limits” to the dangers, pressures, stresses, and frustrations of life that at times seem to almost overtake us (see Psalm 91).
It really is a fixed situation in our favor that many of us forfeit because we neglect to run to our base–our safe place and enjoy the benefits that come along with actually taking God up on this beautiful offer! Aaaannnd, as if the benefit of instant safety in His presence isn’t enough, we also get to take that status with us wherever we go–almost like packing up leftovers from a great meal and taking them with us to enjoy later! The bible tells us that God is with us always, and that He would never leave or forsake us! It’s up to us to awaken to that promise and live our lives and face our circumstances with that truth in mind. It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?!
Do the pressures of life seem to be overtaking you? Have you forgotten that you have a fixed outcome that leans in your favor? Whatever pressures you might be facing today, may this serve as a gentle reminder for you to run as fast as you can to your base of safety and protection only found in the person and presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
God Bless You,