A HIDING PLACE IN THE STORM
This article has been written by the mother of a same-sex attracted child.
We have chosen to withhold the name of the author in order to protect the confidentiality and privacy of their child.
Storm: a violent commotion or disturbance; disorder; disruption; surprise; struggle; attack
Refuge: shelter or protection from danger or distress; a place that provides shelter or protection
“You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.”
“Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.”
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
“Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus…”
In this day and age of ever-progressing leaps in technology, meteorologists have it down to almost pinpoint precision when and where a storm will hit, how strong it will be, its path, length and intensity. Emergency Management & Preparedness experts can tell us what to buy, where to go or not to go, what we should and shouldn’t do. We can even get alerts up to a year in advance about a storm season so that we can prepare. Experience with storms and the predictability of their patterns have taught us a lot.
But there is nothing predictable about the storms of life, except that they will come. They will not usually give advance warning. Their intensity, duration, path and degree of destruction can’t be predicted. Sometimes they are short and blow over quickly. Others will be with you for the long haul. But you can be prepare for them with the assurance they will come. The foundation of your life will determine how you endure and ultimately survive life’s storms. If the foundation of your life is built on the Rock of the LORD, no matter how much rain falls, how high the streams rise, how hard the winds blow and beat against you, you will stand. You may lean and rock, tremble and shake, you may even need to be physically held up at times, but you will not fall. (Mt.7:24-25)
The LORD is a refuge in the storm, a hiding place, a shelter for you, therefore you will stand.
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