Thursday, October 8, 2009

Shelter


I drive under this bridge at least once a day and sometimes twice. Throughout all the torrential rains we've had, I've noticed how it provides a bit of shelter. No matter how hard it is raining, the rain can't penetrate this bridge. So whenever I drive under the bridge, my car gets a little reprieve from the pounding rain.

The weather forecast predicts more storms tonight. But maybe thunderstorms don't get on your radar. Instead, maybe your storms look like a loved one battling an illness, a tough situation at work, kids bickering, or any number of other difficulties that come our way in life. And maybe you are nowhere close to a physical place of shelter from life's storms. Here's a reminder of the Shelter we can all seek, no matter where we are.

Psalm 91
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”

3 comments:

Momma Bean said...

I needed these words today.

Jean said...

A beautiful reminder, Alyssa.

Blessings,
Jean
http://www.jeanmatthewhall.blogspot.com

Krista said...

One of Jeff's favorite Psalms. It is beautiful every time I read or hear it! Thank you for the new mental picture of the bridge and its dual purpose.