I was walking along a trail this week when the sky quickly darkened and the flood gates of heaven opened with torrential rain. I immediately ran for the nearest shelter I could find and nestled myself under the largest tree, placed a little higher than the level of the trail. Its branches hung low and it leaves large, so it protected me from the worst of the storm. As I was curled up at the base of the tree, waiting for the storm to pass, a scripture and song came to me:
“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower. The righteous run to it and they are safe”. – Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)
As I sat there, rain pouring down around me, I was reminded how God wants to be my shelter, my safe place. He wants to be the first one I run to when I’m feeling overwhelmed. He doesn’t want me to run to lesser things.
When I feel under qualified or when the storms of Life come, He wants to be my protection and strength for each day to day challenge. When I worry about my family, He wants to give me peace with His presence. When the enemy attacks, causing fear, doubt and insecurity, He wants to be my refuge.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – 1Peter 5:8 (NIV)
The word “safe” in Proverbs 18:10 (NIV), is also translated “to set highly above” (NET) and “above evil” (AMP) . What a beautiful thought. When we run to the Lord we are raised up, elevated above surrounding danger.
When I was a young girl, my dad would lift me up high above the ground on his shoulders, not just to sit, but to stand on his shoulders and balance there on my own. In what would seem like a scary place to most, I felt safe and content. I felt this way because I trusted my dad. If I faltered or fell, I knew he would catch me. This is the way our Heavenly Father is. He wants to set us on a higher place and if we fall He will be there to catch us.
When the world around us is shaking, and it will shake, our God is sovereign. I encourage you to run to Him and allow Him to carry you on His shoulders. His arms are always open.
“But the Lord is faithful and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)
“The Lord will be a refuge and stronghold for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know your name (who have experienced Your precious mercy) will put their confident trust in you, for You, O Lord , have not abandoned those who seek you.” – Psalm 9:9-10 (AMP)