Sunday, 5 June 2011

Taking refuge

He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. - Psalm 91v4

It has been a bad year for tornadoes in America. There are hundreds of stories about compassion and caring that have come out of these stories. Tornadoes have been popping up in the strangest places. Last week a couple of them struck the state of Massachusetts which is normally not prone to tornadoes.

After that storm an amazing and tragic story came forth. For those who don't know about these storms there are certain precautions that you are supposed to take. One of them is that you should go to a room with no windows, like an interior bathroom. Then you are supposed to get into the bathtub and try to cover yourself with blankets or cushions. This does not provide the refuge that a cellar or storm shelter provides, but it is something.

In this case a mother heeded the advice. She took her young child into the bathtub and shielded the child with her body. Their home took a direct hit. When rescuers arrived, they found the child alive and well, but the mother who had used her own body to shield her child was dead. She literally gave her life to protect her child.

Now, while this illustration, like all others is not perfect, it does give us something of a picture of what God says in Psalm 91v4.

'He shall cover you with His feathers, under His wings you shall take refuge, His truth will be your shield and buckler.'

We live in a stormy world. Those tornadoes of life are always on the radar. Sometimes those sirens sound out. The wonderful thing is that during those storms we have the perfect place of refuge. The Lord is our Rock. In Him we can hide. He is that perfect shelter in the time of storm. 

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