Our soul can easily go to places of refuge that lack real peace, protection and refreshment. Worry is one of the suitors of our soul. What if lose my job? What if my friend doesn’t understand? What if my health doesn’t allow me to work long enough to care for my family? Like a confused dog, worry causes us to chase our tail in circles only leading to dizziness and confusion as the outcome. Worry is a weak refuge, but trust in God trumps worry’s waste of time. He is our strong tower that towers over our fears.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
Self reliance is another refuge that bids our attention when times are hard. Our soul seeks to hide behind our hard work and determination, instead of dependance on our heavenly Father. Our frantic pace forgets to go to God for His rest, wisdom and resources. Unless we fight for an unhurried rhythm of work, we run right past our ever-present help–our heavenly Father. Our energy alone leaves us exhausted and lonely, but the Lord’s refuge replenishes and reminds us of His personal support. The refuge of self-reliance lacks the Lord’s loving help and creativity.
We must be wise to remember it’s not about us but God. Our refuge is in Him. Self pity gives way to death of self and life in Christ. We look outwardly to help others, when inwardly we’ve been helped by the Lord. He is accessible and available to strengthen our souls.
How is your soul? Does it feel scattered, because so many people are pulling on you? Smothered by your own unrealistic expectations or covered by Christ? Fortunately in each moment of the day, no matter how loud and loony, we can by faith create a sanctuary for our soul. We may close our office or bathroom door so we can close our eyes and look to the Lord in prayer. Perhaps we take a walk, so we can walk with our Savior and be empowered by His presence. God is our refuge always near.