God has been so faithful as I’ve continued to set aside time for Him each day. Sometimes it’s only a couple minutes, sometimes more, but He continues to show up.
Psalm 46:1-3 “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, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Reading those verses makes me imagine every natural disaster happening all at once, and it’s pretty horrifying, but reading that God is an ever present help in trouble makes it a beautiful picture. I see this crazy storm happening all at once, and in the midst of it, there is a light not too far away. I have to choose: stay in the storm and deal with it on my own, or go to this place of refuge.
To stay in the storm just seems crazy doesn’t it? I mean, other than crazy storm chasers, who wouldn’t run for shelter?!
Well, the answer is…
All of us.
Every single person who knows God has, at one point or another, chosen to rely on themselves rather than rely on God. Every one of us, myself included.
You would think that after all I’ve experienced I would know His arms are the first place I should go when I am in need. Except, I deal with this thing you might be familiar with: pride.
I don’t always like to admit that I need help. When I choose to remain in the storm, when I don’t choose to go to my Refuge, I am no longer putting my hope in Him, but rather in myself.
Even though I haven’t actually experienced much as far as natural disasters go, there have been plenty of times that I’ve felt like my life looked like the picture in those verses.
I’ve learned that God is telling the truth when He says He will provide shelter. I’ve learned that if I will swallow my pride and go to Him, He will welcome me and protect me. That doesn’t mean that the storm will just go away, but, in Him, I will make it through the storm.