No Place Like Home: Day Six
By Michelle Rabon
READ: Psalm 91:1-2, Psalm 18:30
I opened my eyes to the sound of the heavy rain and the steady roll of thunder. Not far behind the flash of lightning came the sound of tiny feet running down the hallway. They climbed up into our bed and snuggled down under the covers between us. You could feel their little bodies tremble with fear and the quiet sniffles as they fought back the tears.
Rain will come, storms will pass over, and the winds will howl. What will be our refuge?
My tiny people find our home to be a refuge, a place they feel safe, and in the storms, the covers of my bed bring them comfort. I do too. It’s not the physical storms that send me looking for refuge, it’s the spiritual ones. It is the emotional battles and trials that come, they send me looking for shelter.
Above my desk sits a painting I did several years ago, I see it every day as I sit and work. I see it while teaching my children, and I see it when I walk through the front door.
“The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the almighty. I will say concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)
In the storm there is no other refuge, in the dark of night when the thunder rolls – God is where I look for shelter. I open His Word to find refuge and a shield from the impending wind.
It reminds me of God’s armor in Ephesians 6, Paul instructs us to take up the shield of faith. A shield that protects us from danger, God is our shield. He is our protection.
While the bed will provide temporary comfort, our permanent and standing refuge is in Christ, our shield in the storm. Like my kids when the rain comes, and the thunder rolls I run to my safe place, my home in the arms of God that will be my protection from what is raging around me.
Scripture to meditate:
“God- his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:30)
1. What do you seek as shelter on difficult days?
2. How can we use God as our shield?
3. Why do we need a refuge? How does God offer that to us?
Lord, thank you for being my shelter, my home, my safe place when the storms are raging around me. Keep my eyes fixed on you rather than my circumstances. You, Lord, will lead me through the darkness – I have nothing to fear with you as my shield. Amen