Shelter

5 03 2012

Last Friday, tornadoes ripped through towns throughout the Midwest. Sirens pierced the air, warning residents to seek shelter. The ominous clouds held the gaze of anxious eyes. In little more than a heartbeat, lives were rocked to the core. Dozens died as the wind unleashed its fury. Farms, schools, homes and businesses were destroyed as the twisters gathered speed, racing along the ground and dancing their deadly dances.

Our hearts and our prayers go out to everyone whose lives were touched by these devastating storms.

The physical storms that played against the farmlands and towns of the Midwest last week resemble the other kinds of storms that sometimes race through our lives. Without warning, the sky turns from blue to black, and we hold our breath. The doctor calls, the papers are served, the report is released, or the doorbell rings and our worlds shift. Our foundations are rocked to the core. Our lives are defined by a before and after marker. Our hearts scramble to find safe haven from the devastation.

Isaiah 4:2-6 holds a beautiful promise about the coming of Jesus. It talks about the impact His arrival will have in the land, the way He will wash away the filth of sin, and how He will make those who dwell where He reigns holy. His presence will serve as a canopy, covering His people, providing guidance, and inspiring wonder. It is the final part of the promise that speaks most insistently to those of us caught in the storms. “There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and the rain.” (Isaiah 4:6)

My Jesus Resolution today is to make God my storm shelter. God doesn’t promise that storms won’t come. They will and they do. Instead, He promises that His presence will be my shelter as those storms rage around me. He will be the safe haven for my heart. He will be my peace amidst the unrelenting fury of life’s storms. When the sky darkens and the wind picks up, I want to run into the safety of His arms, knowing He will hold me closely even as the winds howl all around me.


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