by Darla Noble
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we won’t be afraid, though the earth changes, though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas; though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah.
As I sat huddled in the basement of a building while a tornado ripped and roared above and around us, I looked at the faces of those around me. I knew most of them; meaning I knew most of them well enough to know whether or not they were God-fearing and God-loving people. Some were. Some weren’t.
As I looked at those who weren’t, I could see an obvious difference in their attitudes and even their facial expressions. They were tenser, more anxious, and less calm than those of us who know and love Jesus. They didn’t have the peace of mind that comes in knowing Jesus—the peace that says no matter what happens you will be okay—even if it’s not the world’s standards of ‘okay’.
As I looked at those people I wondered what they do to calm their fears and put their anxieties to rest. I was thankful that I know where to go for help when I am afraid and when times are hard. I go to the same place…to the same God who is there during the good and happy times, too.
Will you let God be there for you, too?
Pray: God, thank You for Your protection, Your holiness, Your mercy, grace, and love. Help me always remember to call on You in times of need and praise You for who You are. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.