As strong, independent women, once we find God’s place of refuge, how do we continue to live under His protection? How can we continue to dwell in that place of safety without the temptation to step out from under His wing and attempt to once again try to do things on our own? Popular author and blogger, Courtney Steed, shares her devotional thoughts and answers to these questions.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” 2 Samuel 22:2b-3b (NLT)
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I will declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” Psalms 91:1-2 (NLT)
“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and your protection.” Psalms 91:4
What beautiful images of security the writers of these poetic words use. Each gives such a sense of safety and protection. How solid, and totally dependable are wings, rocks, shields, and fortresses. How comforting and safe is the shadow of the Almighty, and the armor that protects us through his promises.
In this time where we are easily swept up in the unstable, insecure and utterly undependable nature of our world, what a promise this speaks to the fearful heart. The world gives us so many reasons to fear, to worry and to need protection. As women of God, I think we understand more than we would like to. As matriarchs, mothers, managers of our homes, leaders of our communities, teachers of our children and the protectors of our domains, we well understand the need for places of safety.
While most of us can easily relate to the need for seeking refuge, I think we struggle often with the part that comes after arriving at the place of refuge. I think we struggle often with dwelling in that place of safety. We have a hard time abiding in the shadow of the Almighty, and resting under his wing. We wrestle with ourselves to stay in that strong tower, and stay planted on that rock.
Many times, in my own effort to manage my world I seek the refuge of my Protector, only to peek out the door of my strong tower, to climb off the rock to check and see how things are going, or to leave my dwelling place of safety under his wing. I desperately need the refuge, but so struggle with allowing myself to be protected, saved and sheltered.
Just like our reasons for seeking shelter are varied, what we do to keep from staying there is different for each of us. The work of our hearts, spirits and minds is varied, as is the way we find refuge, and leave it. It is the task of each of us to explore for ourselves each of those things. To truly find refuge on our rock, we need to know
Why are we seeking refuge? What are we looking for protection from?
What does God’s protection look like in this area of my life?
How does my leaving his place of refuge look?
What do I need to do to stay in his strong tower?