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Until the Disaster Has Passed
by Judy Webb
"Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed."
These words are glaring at me, perhaps making fun of me even. Don't we seem to go from one calamitous event to another? Some are more desperate that others, but I am learning that this is part of being alive. It is a reason the Bible is so valuable when I am seeking wisdom, comfort, healing and/or direction.
Not all hardships impact us on a personal level like sickness, death, or financial ruin. Some disasters are broader, like raging forest fires, weather events, wars, etc. All these things impact us on certain levels, and they remind us that we are not in control. David knew this and he showed it in the Psalms he wrote during times of severe trouble. David knew that God loved him and was on his side through it all.
We can know this too. Psalm 57:10-11 assured David and will do the same for us. "For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaching to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth."
These words were penned by the "man after God's own heart," while he was being pursued by King Saul. David recognized God as his friend, and protector. So, when we find ourselves running from those things in life that cause us to fear, we can take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Pause for moment and take in this visual of being wrapped safely in God's embrace. There you will find strength and wisdom and the willingness to move forward.
Thank you, Jesus, that during difficult seasons when we don't know which way to turn, just hiding out in God's Presence brings peace. I know I can stay there until the disaster as passed.