One day many years ago, I made the four-hour drive with my baby daughter to visit my parents. The weather turned nasty as we entered the city. The heavy rain made visibility low, but what concerned me even more was the way the road signs whipped around in the wind. Just ahead I noticed several cars had taken shelter under a concrete overpass, so I joined them.

After a few minutes the wind died down and the rain eased. I followed the other cars back onto the road and continued to my parents’ house. When I arrived they were anxiously waiting for me on the front porch. It seems a tornado had just touched down not far from where we had been.

Later I learned that an overpass is one of the worst places to take shelter from a tornado. Thankfully, we had not been in the tornado’s direct path. An overpass may not be a place of safety in a storm, but our God is always a safe place of refuge.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8, NLT

None of us escape difficulties and trials. At one time or another each of us will face one of life’s storms. Where will you take refuge when it hits? As I contemplated the truth that God is my place of safety, I noticed four ways I can take refuge in Him:

  1. Wait quietly for God to save (vs. 5)
  2. Acknowledge that in Him I have reason to hope (vs. 5)
  3. Purposefully place my trust in Him (8)
  4. Pour out my heart to Him (8)

Are you in the midst of a violent storm right now? Where is your place of safety?

In what ways can you purposefully place your trust in God?

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