Where do you go in times of trouble?
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe. (Prov. 18:10)
This weekend Canadians are celebrating the Victoria Day long weekend; the unofficial start of the summer season. In the past they have been able to go and take refuge at a summer cottage, or to travel and be with friends and family. But this year is going to be different.
It is interesting to watch as people’s normal schedules or routines have been altered by the conditions and travel restrictions that Covid-19 has placed upon us. The standard places where we have been able to seek rest and refuge have been lost or uprooted. It’s not easy to have your whole world turned upside-down.
A few years ago Rhonda and I had the opportunity to travel to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. We visited several medieval castles; the places of refuge of kings and kingdoms remain as a testimony to the different realms that ruled the land, whether it be pre-Christian Phoenicians, Roman Emperors, Moorish princes, or post-12th Century Christian kingdoms.
One of the castles that stood out was the Kasbah-Medina of Tangier, Morocco. The layer-cake effect of the different conquered kingdoms stands as a reminder of man’s inability to control his circumstances or to keep safe. The walled cities and strong towers built by the hands of men will all day come to ruin, and eventually be nothing more than a museum piece.
David spoke of a refuge in which we can rest and put our trust:
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Behold, the Protector of Israel will not slumber or sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is the shade on your right hand. … He will preserve your soul. The LORD will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:2-5, 7-8)
The LORD is the same refuge for us today, a sure and safe place to go when everything around us is changing.