Hurricane Irma is now history. But during the buildup before the storm arrived I witnessed a massive preparation in the area of southwest Florida where I live. Floridians were evaluating what they were going to do if the storm came their way. Many folks left the state for somewhat safer ground farther north. Others traveled to what they hoped would be less affected areas of the state. It was difficult to find a motel that wasn’t already full. Still others sought shelter in the homes of family member or friends that lived farther from the gulf coast. When our town was issued a mandatory evacuation order people were left with very few options. Thousands chose to go to a designated hurricane shelter at one of the local schools. My wife and I took refuge in a friend’s home further away from the storm surge zone. Then there was some who chose to hunker down and shelter in place. Everyone sought some sort of shelter from Hurricane Irma.
God was so gracious as the storm was not as bad as it could have been, but still Irma’s category 2 winds tore through our area leaving many without power and other services. But we are all thankful for our shelters in the storm. Did you know that our God promises to be our shelter in the storms of life? He tells us in Psalm 46:1-3: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”.
Are you facing a terrifying storm today that seems to be carrying the mountains into the midst of the sea? God promises to be your refuge and strength. He will be that very present help in whatever trouble is shaking your world. Call upon Him today. Flee to the refuge of His protection. He is the safest shelter of all, no matter what the category of your storm.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation