Verse of the Day: “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day” ~ Psalm 91: 4-5 (NKJV)
KABOOOOOOM! Do you remember being so scared as a child that you ran and jumped in bed with your mom and dad? Maybe you were frightened by the crashes of thunder that shook the ground as a storm approached. Perhaps the shadows of trees dancing on the bedroom wall seemed eerily similar to large, creepy burglars stalking outside your window.
Do you remember how your heart felt as it pounded wildly inside your tightening chest? The room closing in on you with each passing minute? Each breath, faster and more shallow than the last?
Did you lie in the bed for a few moments with the blanket pulled over your head, hoping that when you ever…so…slowly…lowered it from your eyes, all would be right with the world, only to discover it wasn’t and you hit the floor running as fast as your little bare feet would carry you to the safety of your parents’ bed?
And just as soon as you were tucked between them with their loving arms around you, snuggled up together, you were fine again. Safe from everything that might want to hurt you.
My children still do this and they’re almost grown.
They know that no matter what it is that they are afraid of and no matter how much bigger it is than me, I will do anything and everything in my power to protect them.
Sometimes that mighty Mama Bear moment involves nothing more than checking that all the doors are locked and leaving the bathroom light on.
Then there are the times that something a little more extensive or personal is required. Like a mama bird protecting her young, I open my arms, welcoming them into the warmth of my embrace, their heads pressed into the familiar, rhythmic drumming of my heart. And we are just together. Still. And they are safe.
But there are times that as their mother I won’t be there to protect them. Times that I can’t be there. Times that the imagined threat of yesterdays is actually an imminent danger.
And that time comes for all of us.
We’ve all experienced it. And we will experience it again. As long as we are on this earth, there will be trials and tribulations and snares. There is no escaping it.
Life gets pretty stormy sometimes. Does it not? I know mine does!
Circumstances beyond our control, free will and its consequences, and sin. They are the ingredients to a perfect storm. Even in an only slightly conducive environment, they can orchestrate a massive whirlwind of blinding rain and violent winds.
When that happens and you hear the storm warnings flashing in your head, what are you going to do? Are you going to make a run for the gas station across the parking lot, hoping you’ll outrun it? You were pretty fast in track. And it’s really not that far. Or should you anchor down and shelter in place?
Anyone will tell you that if you live in an area like Tornado Alley where there are frequent, sometimes violent and deadly storms, you better have a safe place if you plan on surviving a direct hit. It has to be ready at all times. A great shelter is one that is well-constructed. Strong. Dependable. Solid. Secure.
Thank You, Lord, that You are willing to be that shelter for us!
When you get the call that your child has been in a serious car accident and you collapse in a heap on the floor, He will be right there to catch you and nourish you with love and truth so you can be strong.
When your coworker is telling lies to your boss in an attempt to get you fired, He is there, defending you with His shield against the arrows of deceit.
When your doctor tells you that you only have three months to live, He is opening His arms, waiting on you to run into them and rest your head against His chest. Whispering, “Fear Not.”
Search Your Heart
- Has there been a time in your life when everything seemed out of control like a giant tornado?
- How did you handle it?
- What do you wish you had done differently?
- Does trying to fix your own problems result in a better or worse situation?
- When you seek shelter in God, do you truly allow Him to fight your battle or do you try to work out Plan B or provide back-up?
*What battles or storms are you facing right now? Are you finding it easier or harder to seek shelter with God? Comment below.
Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that You allow me to draw near to You. When I am scared, worried, or upset, I know that You are there with Your arms wide-open, waiting for me to run into them. You are such a loving, protective God. Thank you for always being there when I need You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.