As I write this from the warmth and safety of my comfortable home, the 26 mph northerly wind outside my window is angrily blowing the snow that continues to fall and is causing the 11 degree temperature to feel like a -10. What a night to be thankful for the haven that is my home, my refuge from the storm.
Winter storm or not, we all need a refuge, don’t we? The mother of young children needs a refuge from the noise. The husband with great responsibility needs a refuge from the stress. We all need a refuge from something. One frazzled mother flees to the shopping mall while another retreats to “FaceBlogging” (as Abel calls it :-)). One mentally and physically tired husband zones out in front of the television and another escapes to the gym. We all need relief from time to time, and we have all found our ways of coping with the demands of life. But, no matter how seemingly effective are the temporal saviors to which we run, they are just that–temporal.
There is only one Savior who is a sure bet. There is only One on whom I can rely to never fail me. There is only One who will be there to help me no matter what happens. What an assurance is mine when I reflect on the fact that “God is [my] refuge and strength, [my] very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1)! What joy I feel in knowing that I can “trust in Him at all times… [and] pour out [my] heart before Him… [because] God is a refuge for [me]” (Psalm 62:8)!