By Marsha Jordan
Have you ever wished, during some horrible time of your life, that you could run into a safe place and hide from the sadness or fear that stalks you? I saw a movie about a mother and daughter whose home was broken into. They hid in a special safe room that nobody could enter from the outside. They called it the "panic room."
Everyone needs a place where we feel safe, and I have found such a refuge. It's in the arms of God. Deuteronomy 33:27 says "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Itís comforting to picture Godís arms outstretched, ready to catch me if I fall.
Psalm 91:2 says "He is my refuge and my fortress." A fortress provides strong protection. When the God of the universe is my fortress, I can have courage, even in the midst of fear. David, the shepherd boy turned king, wrote many psalms while fleeing from his enemy, King Saul. At one point, David hid in a cave to escape Saulís wrath. I understand the fear of being pursued, whether by physical illness, financial troubles, or just an unknown future. I know too well, as David knew, that God doesnít necessarily remove the difficulty. I often wish He would whisk me away to safety. I plead for Him to stop the pain and eliminate the struggle, but the difficulty remains and I must take refuge in Godís love, just as David did. While hiding in that cave, David said, "I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." (Psalm 57:1 NIV)
Godís protection can be compared to that of a mother hen with her chicks. Matthew 23:37 says that God longs to cover us with His wings. Maybe youíve heard the story about the hen who gathered her babies under her wings during a fire. When the flames were extinguished, the hen was dead; but her chicks had been spared by the protection of her wings.
Like that mother hen, God sacrificed to save me, not from physical suffering, but from a worse sort of torture -- eternal separation from Him.
I don't have a "panic room" in my house, but I do have one in my heart. I can take refuge from the burdens of life in the mighty fortress that is God.
"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." (Psalm 34:8)
No matter how bad things appear, under the protection of Godís wings, I'm safe. Itís a place not of painlessness, but of comfort and hope.
He keeps his faithful ones hidden in the palm of his hand. (Isaiah 49:2 CEV) There's no place I'd rather be. And I pray that His loving hands are enfolding you.
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