For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
“Refuge” is defined as a place where we feel safe from pursuit, danger, or trouble. In our Lectionary Psalm for this Sunday, we find the Psalmist reflecting on God’s place as a refuge for them.
In last week’s Pastor’s Paragraphs, I took time to reflect on how close God is to us and how we are never far from God’s presence. This week’s Psalm continues that closeness with a call to slow down and see what God’s presence gives to us.
Understanding God’s close proximity to us is also a call to hear God’s call to see what comes with that presence: refuge. This means that, no matter what we’re facing in this life, God is always there for us to come back to. God is always available as a place to rest. God is always a constant presence of peace and love for us.
The reality is that life in this world is hard. It can be difficult to understand and can leave us feeling hopeless far more than we’d like. Constantly we face things that make us unsure about what tomorrow will bring and often wonder what might be next after that.
In this, we are called to never forget that the presence of God is always an available refuge for us, This presence is always a place that we can come back to when we need to rest.
Christ taught that his burden was light. It was not a promise that life would be easy, but it was one that teaches us that there is always a place where we can fall back on when things are tough, Christ constantly reminds us that there is always a spirit that speaks in ways that fill our souls and show us that there is more than the things we face.
Life is not promised to be easy. Yet, taking up the mantle to follow Christ means that it is not without promise either. We live each day trusting the mission that we are called to and knowing that the one who has called us is not only close, but also faithful in providing us a space to fall back to when we need it most.
No matter what you are facing today, trust that God is with you, listen for God’s voice in the midst of it and know that the one that you follow is always a refuge for you, no matter what.
Know that I am thankful to journey with you all,