Sunday, December 8, 2013

Safety In the Storms

God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths. Psalm 41:1-2

          Sometimes, we just need a place to rest. Our lives are busy. The world is harsh. The enemy is relentless. We are tired. We are stressed. We are exhausted. As humans, we are not invincible; the effects of our surroundings and our choices take a toll on us. God calls us to places of rest and comfort in Him, and we should openly embrace the shelter He has for us.

          We often hear the bit about people wanting to praise God in the good but blame Him in the bad. While this is true for some, there is another side to that I want to shed light on: We rejoice with others and praise Him when things are good, but when they are bad, we attempt to take care of them on our own. God is God in all circumstances, and if our friends and loved ones follow His lead, they will be there for us in the bad, too. When we find ourselves overwhelmed, we should look to God and to each other for support and strength. There is no need to fear or to let ourselves be overcome when God is on our side.

          My favorite song reminds us of the simple beauty of our relationship with our Lord: Sweet Jesus, my Shelter/You are my faithful Friend/The Refuge that I run to/When my world comes closing in/Why should I be afraid/When I know I am saved/By these arms that take me in/Sweet Jesus, My Shelter/You are my faithful Friend.

          There is nothing more beautiful to me than knowing that Jesus didn't die just for my sins but for my whole life including the part where I need protection, shelter, and support to weather the storms I encounter. It was never God's plan for us to handle the weight of the world on our own, to walk through the darkness without a hand to cling to, or to be caught in a raging storm without protection. We are not alone and should not try to handle hardships on our own. God has made the way and clearly shows us in His Word that we need only turn to Him to find shelter. There is no use standing in the pouring rain when our Father is offering His umbrella.