God is Our Refuge
One of my favorite places in the Cleveland Zoo was the Monkey
House. I enjoyed sitting and watching the activities and squabbles
of those little critters. One of my favorites was a little, recently
born infant. The other tikes liked to pick on that baby and mangle
it pretty thoroughly. They would haul it around and play tug of war
with any appendage they could get hold of. But when the baby had
had enough, at its first moment of freedom, it went scampering back to
its mother as fast as it could go, with the others in hot pursuit.
But once the infant reached the safety of its mother's back, it knew it
was safe. It would look back at its tormentors as if saying, "Naaaa,
you can't get me now."
In much the same way, you and I have a place of safety
where we can fly in times of distress and defy our tormentors to come and
get us now.
Psalm 46:1-3 KJV - God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble. (2) Therefore will not we fear, though
the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst
of the sea; (3) Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though
the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
When your world gets topsy turvy and you do not feel that
you can handle the stress and pressure, God has a refuge where you can
flee. There, safe in His arms, your fears can subside and calmness
return to your heart. God is your refuge and strength.
But not only is God our refuge and strength, He is our
very present help in trouble. There were times when that little baby
monkey was physically unable to make it back to the safety of it's mother's
back. The other youngsters had it cornered and would not let it escape.
But all it took from Junior was one squall and mama was on the way to the
Sometimes our burdens and trials are so heavy and intense
we do not have the strength to make it back to our refuge. At those
times we can call out to God and He demonstrates Himself to be our very
present help in time of trouble. We don't have to flee to Him.
He comes to our aid.