For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.Ps 62:1-2
I have this picture of the keeper standing in the door of the lighthouse with the giant wave surrounding him hanging in my dining room. Apparently, he opened the door thinking the rescue helicopter had arrived. Instead, it was photographer Jean Guichard who began immediately snapping photos. Realizing it was not the rescue team and seeing the wave, the keeper closed the door seconds before the wave engulfed the lighthouse. I love this picture because it visualizes how I have felt many times throughout my life.
As the waves of life crash around me, I am safe in the shelter of Jesus.
Waves look different for each person. For me, the waves in my life are not only what circumstances I may find myself in, but also my response to those circumstances.
Often I can do little to change the circumstances. But, I have found safety in the midst of the storm in Jesus Christ. He is my rock, my refuge, my strong tower. I run to Him and am saved.
In a particularly dark season of my life, I read through the book of Psalms and wrote down every verse that refers to God being my refuge. Through the practice of writing out each verse, the truths began to sink into my soul.
When God is my refuge, circumstances don’t undo me because I am clinging to the rock that is my Savior and my God. He will not let me go, He will not let me slip. I find safety and peace not in the circumstance going away but in letting go and trusting God in the circumstance.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% your reaction to it.” Charles Swindoll.
Ways I find helpful to find strength in God
- Listen to worship music – it’s hard for my mind to be sour when I turn my focus from my problems to who God is
- Read Scripture – I rest my mind on God’s truths, not my emotions.
- Journal – writing out my concerns and laying them at the cross helps me to remember I’m letting go and trusting God.
- Get busy – once my mind is focused on truth it helps to go for a walk, call a friend or clean the house. Getting my body active helps my brain not loop back over my problems.
7. Claim God’s truths – when my mind circles back around I remind myself of God’s truths and promises
Because God is my refuge:
I am sustained (Psalms 3:3)
I am heard (4:3)
I am safe (4:8)
I am hidden in the shadow of His wing (17:8)
I am delivered, rescued from many waters, brought forth to broad place and delighted in (18:16-19)
Not shaken (21:7)
On level ground (26:12)
Do you agree with the quote that says, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% your reaction to it”? How have you personally experienced God being your refuge? Leave a comment below.
God, I run to the rock that is higher than I. You are my refuge and strength and ever-present help in trouble. It is good to be near you. I dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty. You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. You cover me with your pinions and under your wings I find refuge. You set my feet on solid ground. The LORD you are my strength and my song. You have become my salvation. Amen