What is a sanctuary?‘
Anika was asking me this last week when we were getting ready to visit the goose sanctuary near camp. She’s been there many times before, but this time she had a lot more questions about the purpose of it, and wanting to know why geese need a sanctuary.
Trying to explain it to her got me thinking a lot about the word “sanctuary” in a different context than one for geese. A few years ago, I read a book called Soul Sanctuary (which I can’t find on Amazon, and can’t remember the author – too bad, it was so good!) It was about creating space in your life for your soul to “breathe” – for peace, quiet, worship, and rest.
What would it mean for your soul to rest?
I got out my dictionary to dig deeper into the meaning of “sanctuary”, and I found words like refuge, protection, haven, harbour, port.
I like that – the thought of a safe port for my soul to sail to.
Life gets so noisy sometimes, and I don’t even think about whether my soul needs some rest.
As I stood there at the goose sanctuary, looking out over the peaceful lake surrounded with beautiful rocks and trees, I was thinking about how lucky those geese are.
Maybe I need to get away to the goose sanctuary and join the geese a little more often! I need a sanctuary, too.