What do you do when your world falls apart? Where do you turn? Who do you run to?
There are times when the person you are used to running to isn’t there — either emotionally or physically. Sometimes the one person you depend upon is taken from this life by our greatest enemy — death. Sometimes it is the distance in miles or the other person is too busy to even notice your pain. Then what do you do?
The tears flow but for whatever reason there is no one there with a kind and loving hand to wipe your tears, to place their arms around you, and gently say “I am here.” The silence is deafening. The pain unbearable. And the ache for the touch that isn’t forthcoming hurts way down inside.
But there is ONE who is always there. There is ONE who is never too busy. There is ONE whom death has no power over — no claim to. In fact, this ONE defeated death for all of us. There is ONE who knows of every tear you have ever shed — who puts them in a bottle and keeps a record of them in His book.
You have kept count of my wanderings.
Put my tears in your bottle-
have not you recorded them in your book? (Psalm 56:8)
What a vivid picture of His care for us! He takes note of every tear — others may not even know of the tears you shed when you are alone — but HE sees and HE cares! The word translated “wanderings” can be translated as “tossings.” Do you ever feel like you are wandering in the dark or tossed by the storms of life? God sees. He knows how many times you have felt tossed by life — wandering in a sea of uncertainty. But He wants us to remember that though life itself may be uncertain; He is not! He can always be counted upon to be GOD — His nature is unchanging. There is surety in Him.
The Psalmist continually reminds us that we have a refuge in the God who created all things — the God who is not silent but gives us assurance over and over through His word of His continual presence with His people.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. ( Psalm 18:2)
He is our helper in times of trouble, in the times when our world falls apart we need to look to the holy place of the Most High. We need to be reminded that God is in the midst of His people, and His kingdom cannot be shaken. God will always help His people. Our world will not fall apart forever — even if momentarily it feels that way. Remember who you belong to and rejoice in Him and the help He provides.
God is our refuge and strength,
a great help in times of distress.
Therefore we will not be frightened
when the earth roars,
when the mountains shake in the depths of the seas,
when its waters roar and rage,
when the mountains tremble despite their pride. Interlude
Look! There is a river
whose streams make the city of God rejoice,
even the holy place of the Most High.
Since God is in her midst,
she will not be shaken.
God will help her
at the break of dawn. (Psalm 46:1-5)
As the psalmist reminds us, we need to be still and remember that God is on the throne and He will uphold us through all trials, all sorrows, and all storms of life. But we must seek Him as our refuge. We must mediate on Him and go to Him in prayer. We must stop tossing and be in awe of Him. Be in awe of the ONE who is GOD. Be in awe of Him — GOD is with us.
Be in awe and know that I am God (some translations read “be still”…”stop striving”)
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted throughout the earth.
The LORD of the heavenly armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge (Psalm 46:10-11)
No matter what has caused your world to fall apart — whether something unexpected has crossed your path or there is a trial that you are struggling with on a daily basis — you are not alone if you belong to GOD. Drink deeply from His fountain and be refreshed. His love is the most valuable. His care is the most tender. His help is more than sufficient. He is ALL — all that your heart needs to find peace and rest. So, cease striving. Be in awe. Take refuge in Him. Be refreshed. One day — one glorious day you will stand in His refreshing presence in the fullest.
How precious is your gracious love, God!
The children of men take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They are refreshed from the abundance of your house;
You cause them to drink from the river of your pleasures.
For with you is a fountain of life,
and in your light we will see light. (Psalm 36:7-9)
Run to God, the refuge that never fails you!