This was an expression from the 1950s which means to be in an excellent or ideal situation. Well, duh! Makes sense to me when looking at this shady, scenic, rural setting. Surrounded by stately mature trees, this old barn has it made in the shade... although I suspect the hard-working farmer who owns this place sees very little shade as he tends to his fields except when heading for the barn (which is a whole 'nother idiom).
What surrounds you? The Psalmist and King, David, knew all too well what it meant to be surrounded by life-threatening dangers. He also understood what it meant to be surrounded by God's presence even in those times. He penned the following:
Surely, Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12)
You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7)
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing lo…