"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God." Psalm 62:5-7 (ESV)
Our little dog, Jack, is terrified of storms. When he hears the wind pick up, heavy rain begin to fall, the thunder clap, or when he sees lightning, he starts to shake and needs to be near one of us with our hands on him. Still, even though he is beside us, he looks at us for reassurance that he will be okay.
The other evening I was having a discussion with a friend about tornadoes and earthquakes. Being a Texas girl, I am quite familiar with tornado watches and warnings. I have never been in one, thank the Lord, but I have been near enough to feel some of their power. As frightening as they can be, if given the choice, I would choose to live where there might be a tornado rather than where there might be an earthquake because the thought of the earth moving under my feet is more than I can handle.
Life is full of events that can shake our world, isn't it? When a loved one is diagnosed with a deadly disease or when we deal with the grief of a death, we wonder how we can possibly take the next step. Many things may occur that can make the ground under our feet feel uncertain and most of us have been through plenty of them.
I would love to deliver an encouraging message and say that those times are over. But they aren't. Yet. As long as we live on this tiny orb in space we will face hardships and trials and many of them may take our breath away as we wonder how we can cope, how we can go on.
Gratefully, the Bible reminds us that there is a place to run to for refuge. There is only One who cannot be shaken and that is the Lord Himself. In Him alone will we find hope. Only by His side will we find the peace that will allow us to continue the journey set before us. He is the only One that knows the future. He has already walked the pathway we are on and will take us by the hand and be our guide.
I know several who are walking through valleys right now. To them I want to say that there is no place where God cannot go. There is no situation that He is unaware of or that is too difficult for Him. Though your world seems dark and unsure, He is the light and He is steadfast. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He knows where you have been and where you are going and He will remain by your side, not only during this difficult time, but forever. Run to Him and allow Him to be your refuge, your fortress. There you will find security.