God is Our Refuge

”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

”The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

The shift in the weather was dramatic as the thunder clapped, lightning flashed and the rain fell from the heavens. Every creature ran for cover to escape becoming drenched. The shelter held for a brief moment until gutters breached and water poured through the ceiling, vents, and lights. We scrambled to clean out the gutters thinking they were plugged with leaves, yet the few we scooped out were not the problem. The downspouts could not contain the force and volume of rain. We had to disconnect the downspouts and water rushed out like a fire hose.

All five of us broke out into laughter as we looked at one another. What just happened? One moment we were relaxing, talking outside, listening to the thunder and watching the sky light up like a stadium during a Friday night game. The next moment, we had dashed undercover seeking protection only to be forced back out into the unleashed reservoir. Quickly, as if someone flipped a switch, the rain ceased, drops perched upon the leaves, the clouds parted, the sun broke through and the birds began to sing as they emerged from their refuge.

This unforgettable moment compelled me to consider how life is like a myriad of weather. We might have gentle days of sunshine or brutal stormy nights, however, with God as our refuge we know that He is with us through all categories of conditions. Thus, with this knowledge of His presence, we too can emerge in a praiseworthy song.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for sheltering us in times of trouble. If Your little birds burst forth in ballad after a frightful storm, then prompt us to always rejoice in song with each mercy we see. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

3 thoughts on “God is Our Refuge

  1. Tiffany, I so loved this illustration of God’s mercy and care in the storm and in our storms. I really appreciated your beautiful prayer. Blessings, Susan


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