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Finding Refuge

Our long-haired Chihuahua, Miss Cocoa, is terrified of storms. This is probably not a good thing for a dog who lives in what has been called the ‘lightning capital of the world.’  Because of her acute canine hearing, she often knows the bad weather is approaching long before we do.  When she hears that first rumble, she comes to me or my husband with a worried expression on her face. (I know, how can you tell with a Chihuahua, right?)  Soon her body begins to tremble, and she pants uncontrollably.  We can do nothing to console her.  Our verbal reassurances do not convince her.  (this is especially fun in the middle of the night)    For some reason, the only place she feels safe is behind our bed.  I guess she sees it as the biggest thing in the house, and therefore able to protect her.  When the storm is coming, that becomes her place of refuge.

I bet you know where I’m going with this, don’t you?

The psalmist writes, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea… The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”  (Psalm 46:1-1, 7)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been there.  I’ve felt the earth give way beneath my feet.  The death of a loved one, a job loss, a betrayal of trust, the rebellion of a child, a medical diagnosis — they can make us feel as if the very ground below us is slipping away.  It’s easy to try to seek out answers, to try to escape from the pain by seeking refuge in the wrong places.  But I’ve found them to be only temporary fixes.  No one can console and lift us in these times.  No one, that is, except the Lord Almighty, our ever-present help in trouble.  Sometimes I simply sense His presence beside me; but other times, all I want to do is ‘hunker down’ and hide in Him until the storm passes.  And that’s okay.

If you’re going through difficult days right now, or are starting to hear the rumbles in the distance, don’t be afraid.  God is your refuge.  Run to Him for consolation.

‘The God of Jacob is our fortress.’  That’s a pretty safe place to hide behind, don’t you think?

Copyright 2010 Mary E. Egidio – Permission is granted to share this devotional, but only with attribution, and not for commercial purposes.