II Samuel 22:2-3 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock in who I take refuge.” (NAS)

I spent a weekend at L’Abri in Switzerland when I was dealing with the realization that I would not have children. That loss took me to a small village and a house that I rented. The house was filled with Christian books and most important, the woman that had lived there had left her Bible. It was marked through with underlines, dates, and people’s names that I did not know. It was worn and tattered, but I found it a precious source of strength.   There I read and walked and prayed and gave that loss to Christ. I took the Lord as my rock, fortress and deliverer.

I remember placing that unknown and unnamed child at the foot of the cross and Jesus allowed me to give that child to him. His love and compassion in my grief and loss were life changing and the miracle of his Presence in that cabin was life changing. Whenever I think of the love and grace of Christ for us, I know he ministers to us right where we are, but sometimes he allows us to climb a mountain, rest in a valley and bring us to a place of refuge. To listen to tapes of good speakers, men and women of God, people who have experienced something that you are going through will remind us that God is good, caring and the source of all peace.

Wherever you are right now, do you see this place as a place of refuge? When has God been your deliverer?

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