“I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
When I was young my family lived in a big old house in the Hawthorne district of Portland. The electricity was prone to going out when even the mildest storm would hit and the oil furnace was notorious for failing when ever my dad was out of town.
When the furnace would go out, or the old house just couldn’t hold the heat in the winter, my mom would shut the kitchen door and turn on the oven (no open concept in this house). With the oven door open the kitchen became a warm and cozy place, our haven in the storm.
As children we are easily frightened when things we deem dependable fail; but as we experience our parents ability to care for us and protect us through the storm, we learn to trust them and to turn to them whenever the “dependable” things fail.
We can become dependent on things that seem stable but in reality are temporary, fragile and constantly changing: jobs, housing, health, schedules, friends and family. When the “dependable’s” in our life fail, turn to the Lord. He is always there for us, He is our anchor in any storm. He already has the kitchen warmed up for us, we just need to open the door and trust Him to provide, for He will never fail us.
Prayer: Thank you Father for your faithful and loving care of us. Help us feel safe through the storms in our lives as we put our full trust in you. In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen.