Encouragement from Brooke

If you’re like me…you feel like you are running a million miles a minute! I was just thinking as I was walking down the hall that my life honestly feels like a race against the clock. I don’t like living this way! I’d much rather be able to take my time.
Only doing…one…thing…at…a…time…

BUT

That isn’t my reality at the moment! I don’t want to say that I’m just BUSY, or there is A LOT GOING ON. There is…but isn’t there always? I think I always feel busy! I’m trying to remember the last time I didn’t feel this way…

In the midst of this, the Lord has been teaching me something. I’m learning that I have a choice! I can stay in this overwhelmed state of frenzy. Or, I can allow this time in my life to teach me to cling to the Lord and rest in His shelter.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”             –Psalm 91:1-4

After reading this passage a couple weeks back, I was curious if “refuge” had any special meaning that I wasn’t aware of. It means to take shelter under, to be protected in a storm.  In my frenzied state, I realized that I wasn’t dwelling up under His safety and protection. Instead, it felt more like I was stuck out in the storm, completely exposed to the elements!

I started to go through different cross references about the Lord being a refuge. There are several others that are so encouraging, but there was one really stands out.

Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,

and with Sheol we have an agreement,

when the overwhelming whip passes through

it will not come to us,

for we have made lies our refuge,

and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;             –Isaiah 28:15

This passage stopped me in my tracks! I can either take refuge in the Lord, I can come up under His protection, I can rest in Him. Or, I can continue to run around in this frenzied way of thinking hoping for everything to just fall into place. But, when is everything ever going to fall into place? When am I ever going to reach that pinnacle of perfection? When will I finally feel like everything in life is PUT TOGETHER?  In other words…

I can make the Lord my refuge. Or, I can make lies my refuge by seeking that all too familiar desire of feeling like everything is under my control.

I have a choice, the Lord, or the Lie!

Since I stopped and realized these truths, things for me haven’t really slowed down any…in fact, life feels even more full! But, my heart is more settled. I do still get frantic, but the Lord is quick to remind me of this truth and I remember that it’s feeling like I have it under control that brings me peace…it’s resting in the shadow of the almighty that brings peace!

I don’t know what it is that makes you feel overwhelmed today. But, can I suggest that you do whatever you can to get alone with the Lord. Share your heart and your thoughts with Him. Make Him your refuge in the midst of your crazy life. Let Him protect you. He is there NOW…even in the midst of it all and He will guide you through it!

Know that we are praying for you! We are asking Him to give you strength to do all that He has set before you! So, let’s all seek Him whole heartedly asking Him to teach us to rest in Him each day…even when life is spinning all around us!

Brooke Ritterbush
Director of Transform Student Ministries

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