Our Refuge And Our Strength

Come what may, stand firm on the foundation of Christ and His word. No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2 NLT)

A lighthouse is typically built on a solid rock foundation and found far out on a peninsula or landmass jutting out into the ocean. It stands imposingly tall and austere against crashing waves and heaving storms. Its purpose is to aid and direct ships at sea, warning sailors to steer clear of danger. Those who reside in the lighthouse live contentedly safe inside its walls, through each passing storm.

I love this image of a lighthouse standing its ground in the midst of a raging storm, apparently unfazed by the impending wave intent to crash upon it. Visualize if you will that God protects you like that lighthouse. Whether you are seeking its light while navigating through gale force winds of confusion, or turmoil with any uncomfortable situation you face, or if you wisely find yourself praying for shelter and protection from an emotional storm whose force makes you fearful, let God be your safe haven, your fortress, your lighthouse. For it is the Lord who guides. It is the Lord who protects. 

In turn, as you pray, as the Lord works through you, you have the foundation to become the lighthouse for others; their shelter from the storm built on a solid foundation, with protective walls and a guiding light in the darkness to steer them clear from danger. Isn’t that what we all seek, who follow the Lord? Don’t we all hope to be a beacon of His grace?

No matter where you find yourself, whether your day is uneventful like a dead calm, a sea without wind or motion, or you find yourself in the midst of chaos, remind yourself that God is your redeemer and protector. Calmly seek His shelter or search the horizon for His beacon of light and know He is there to see you through any difficulty. Be patient and trust Him. Storms come and storms go. The sun will burn through the clouds eventually, or dawn will break anew in crystalline brilliance. “Stand firm in the knowledge that God will guide you and protect you and deliver you this day.” (Ref. Exodus 14:13-22)

Above all else, no matter where you find yourself, act as if all depends on you, but know that it is God who delivers us all. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 NIV)

Prayer 

Heavenly Father, there are times I need you so desperately that it hurts. When agony and confusion subside just enough to hear Your whisper to come seek You, I find shelter and protection. I am safe and secure in the promises You give. You say, “Come rest a while and I will give you peace.” (Ref.: Matthew 11:28) Praise be to God who watches over all and keeps His word. In your word is truth and life and the hope that in You I am free from condemnation. Praise be to You, Lord Christ, my fortress and my strength.

In Him, I pray

Amen

Please let me know how I can pray for you. Confidential prayers or inquires please email me at: dear.maria@mjrodero.com

Published by mjrodero

A Christian author with a deep faith in Jesus and sincere belief in His awesome salvation! The power of prayer in her life has been so uplifting and life changing, she hopes to help others recognize the amazing gift the Lord gives by allowing us all to connect to Him directly through prayer. Writing Awards: 1st Place Poetry Winner, Published Author Category - 2015 Colorado Christian Writer's Conference - 2016 Short Story Winner entitled, Payback, published in - Tales of our Lives: Fork in the Road, from womensmemoirs.com

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