A few weeks ago my eldest daughter was sick to her stomach and was crying from the pain. There is nothing like watching your child experience any sort of pain to make you feel extremely helpless.
As a mother, I hated seeing my child in pain knowing there was nothing I could do to help her or to take that pain away. I felt so useless.
But instead of being stuck in that feeling, I did what I could. I prayed for her and I held her.
What does God do when we are in pain?
I held her in a way I had never held her before. She was lying in my lap and I covered her body with my own. I prayed over her and wanted her to feel all the love that I had for her.
As I held her, I saw a picture of God and His love for us. In that moment, I knew that God holds us like that in our pain. He doesn’t just hold us in His lap or His hand, but He completely surrounds us with His presence and covers us with His love.
I sometimes experience pain and I most definitely experience fear.
In those times, the devil loves to have me believe that God is far away and does not care for me. But, that would be a lie. I know from scripture that God is with me during my darkest hours and longest days.
One thing that helps me during these times is to remember scripture and I turn to one of my favourite psalms.
Psalms 46:1-11 NKJV
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
I memorised the first verse when I was a teenager. I regularly quote it to remind myself of where to go to when I am afraid.
How does this verse help us?
Word hippo defines A refuge as:
- A condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble
- Something providing such shelter
Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our shelter and a safe place to run to.
No matter what is going on in our personal life. No matter what is going on in the world, we can run to God. He is our safe place.
When we have reached His safety He then gives us the strength we need to face our troubles.
In the Old Testament times, when someone committed a crime and needed help they had a chance to run to a city of refuge. These cities were dispersed around the nation as a place people could go to and be safe from retribution. Sometimes, these cities were close, but other times they would be far and a refugee would not make it to the city.
Psalm 46 assures us that our city is not far away. It is very present. We don’t have to run a long way to receive help from The Lord.
Not only is His help right there, it is present no matter the circumstances of life.
I love this psalms because it reminds me of where I can run in times of trouble and that God is there for me no matter what is going on around me.
Where do you run in times of trouble?