Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shelter

This week we had our first big snow storm of the year. Between Tuesday afternoon and early Thursday morning nearly 11 inches of snow fell and winds were at 25-35mph with gusts up to 52mph! We stayed snug inside our warm and cozy home with little evidence that a storm was raging outside. If we opened the door a cold blast would come in along with stinging snow, but as long as we stayed inside our sturdy home we were safe.


Thinking about how safe and secure our home was, took me back to when we lived in The Philippines and went through a powerful typhoon. Our home was built from cement blocks that were then filled with wet cement. It was not going anywhere. The winds were fierce ~ over 120 mph and the rains were torrential. The electricity went out, and as we sat in the dark there was little evidence in our home of what was going on outside. The only evidence was the water that kept seeping in under our front door from the heavy rain. As long as we swept it back outside we were fine. Safe from harm.


Kind of like our relationship with God isn't it. Storms come into our lives. It is really not possible to avoid them, but as long as we stay sheltered in the arms of our Lord, we will be safe no matter what comes our way. Oh, sometimes "water" tries to seep into our stronghold ~ maybe fear over a diagnosis, worry when money is scarce, or despair when a loved one dies. The results of these and other heavy burdens may find their way in under our door, but as long as we use our faith and God's strength to sweep them back out, we will be safe. Protected by our Heavenly Father's steadfast love for us. He is and always will be our shelter in the storm.

Psalm 91:1 "He who dwells in the shelter of the most high, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."

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18 comments:

Saleslady371 said...

I like this! Truly God is my shelter in a storm. I like the description of the sturdy home in the Philippines keeping you safe.

Sandy said...

Thank you for sharing. This is very good!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Wonderful word today Renee, thank you for sharing, There is no better place to be than in God's sheltering arms. Great post.
Blessings,
Sue

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Beautiful post, Renee. How grateful I am for a God who shelters us regardless of the storms of life.

Praying for you, sweet lady!

Charlotte said...

I absolutely loved this post, Renee. So true. We are safe no matter how the storms rage as long as we are in God's sheltering arms. Thank you for this reminder.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Kathy said...

What a great promise there is in this verse. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Merry Christmas...Kathy

A Little Of This And That said...

Beautiful post! Storms often introduce us to ourselves.

Debbie said...

This was a wonderful analogy and so ture praise God. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings, Debbie

Denise said...

Such truth, bless you.

Clif said...

Excellent. Words of wisdom for the tough times in which we live. Thank you.

Ginger said...

What a perfect analogy. Thank-you so much for this post today, I loved it.
God Bless,
Ginger

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Thank you Renee, for your wonderful post! He is indeed with us in the midst of our storms! My son was in a car accident this past week, and the Lord was with him, sheltering him from harm. When we look at the car our son lost in the accident, we give thanks to God for saving his life. It was a miracle that our son got out of it alive!

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

Cathy said...

Very beautiful, Renee, thank you.

RCUBEs said...

Great new look and amen to your post! That's lots of snow indeed...You painted a beautiful picture of what we have in Jesus, no matter what circumstances surround us. If our "house is built on the Rock", nothing to be afraid of. God bless. Have a blessed Christmas.

Mary said...

This is wonderful, Renee! God is our protection in the storms of life...we are always safe under His wings.

God bless,
Mary

daylily777 said...

Amen! Beautiful powerful Post !
Merry christmas !
~Myrna

Ms.Daisy said...

Renee,
I just love the analogy of being secure in Jesus' arms when terrible storms howl all around us! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Blessings,
Jean

Jan Lyn said...

This was truly a blessing for me to read tonight. Thank you Renee.