Where do you go to escape the noisiness of life, the frustrations, the fears and worries? When I was a kid, I always retreated to my closet. It was a dark, quiet place where no one could hear my words of anger or frustration. My little sister shared the room with me and would show up sooner or later, so my secret hide-away was no longer mine.
Some find refuge in the forest or the mountains. Escaping to God’s beautiful creation is not only refreshing, but seems to bring you closer to Him. The air is fresher, the view more spectacular, the sounds of the city evaporate and all you hear are the chirping of birds or an occasional animal sharing your space.
Others thrive on active places where they can blend into a crowd and melt into the noise. They actually feel more comfortable when they’re surrounded by people.
Some escape into their work, especially if it’s something they have a passion for – like the arts, teaching, professional sports, building a profession. Some fall into the traps Satan lays for them. We could find a house of God – a space where we can speak to God on a personal basis – pouring out our problems, our goals, our concerns. We could seek a place in nature. We could hide in a closet.
The truth is we have a sanctuary where ever we go. God has placed Himself within us so we can carry Him into any situation. Because of His bountiful love, we have a new relationship with Him. Of course we should hold Him in the highest reverence, but now the curtain that once divided us has been torn and we have free access – when ever we need it.
GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH – A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE!