Take Shelter!

Yes, Spring is indeed here. I know this to be true because Spring cleaning is done, the grass is green, the flowers are blooming, I saw my first hummingbird of the year, and oh, the tornado sirens went off and it was not a test! The other night our entire county was under a tornado warning for about an hour. So yes, I can say beyond a reasonable doubt Spring is here in Missouri!

During this ordeal I happened to be at work. And where I work happens to be a school that has a FEMA certified shelter. As I stood in there feeling very safe—I also felt very guilty. I thought about my wife and dog sheltering in our bathroom; I thought about my mom and her cat hiding in a closet; I thought about my daughter and son-in-law and my yet to be born grandson taking refuge in a basement; I thought about my niece and her husband just up the road (were they going to get hit two years in a row?); I thought of other family and friends in the area and was concerned about how they were doing.

I was in a cocoon and many who I love were potentially vulnerable. After doing my job responsibilities, I did the only thing I could do—I prayed. I prayed that the storm would pass by without destruction, but if there was to be a tornado I prayed that for it to pass over those who were vulnerable and come to where I and the others were protected. I don’t know if the National Weather Service ever confirmed that a tornado visited our school, but I have been through numerous such storms and the sounds are unmistakable. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or serious injury or even extensive damage in the area from this storm—just a lot of noise and panic.

Reflecting on that evening I was led to Psalm 91:1-2 which reads, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.””

The most destructive storms in our lives are usually not the kind we see on Doppler radar. They are strained relationships, they are financial issues, they are health problems, they are challenges at work, they are______________ ,you fill in the blank. God promises throughout the Bible that He will be a shelter for all who come to Him, in all our situations. I don’t know about you, but I find myself sometimes only going to that promise when I am in a time of turmoil.

How different would our lives be if we trust every second of our lives as the psalmist said, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Maybe the valleys of life wouldn’t be so deep and maybe the peaks of life would be higher.

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  1. Scott, you’ve named my life verse, right after 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you.”
    What a heart-warming reality to have the assurance of knowing our God hears our prayers and He is truly our refuge; we can truly rest in Him and know He hears our every prayer.

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