• Diana Dodd

Our Refuge

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” Psalm 46:1-3

We stopped our truck in the middle of the bridge and prayed. Other vehicles were stopped ahead of and behind us. Far below the river flowed roughly over rocks, and I couldn’t help but imagine the bridge breaking in two and our truck, along with all the other vehicles, plunging into that dark muddy water, like a scene from some natural disaster action film.

What would we do if that happened? How would we get out of the truck? Would we even survive the fall?

Our infant daughter cried in her car seat beside me, and I tried to sound calm and speak soothing words, while on the inside I was as scared as I’ve ever been. My husband’s hands were clenched with white knuckles on the steering wheel even though he, too, tried to sound calm and reassuring, telling me that the bridge was engineered to withstand the force of the tornado passing overhead.

As the bridge swayed and bucked, I prayed that God would let the bridge hold, that He would prevent the tornado from touching down, and that He would see us safely to the other side of the river. And I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that only He could get us through the storm.

The whole ordeal probably only lasted a minute or two, although it felt much longer, and the bridge eventually settled back into place. We passed safely across the Missouri River with great thanksgiving to God and wildly beating hearts.

Psalm 46:1 tells us clearly that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” In all the storms of life, whether natural, spiritual, emotional, or financial – in any kind of trouble – God is there to help and strengthen us. He was with us and everyone else on that bridge that night, and He’ll be with you on your bridge in the storm if you ask Him to be.

Our God stands ready and able to help anytime, anywhere. All we have to do is have faith that He will.

Our Almighty Father, we ask that You shelter us under Your wings when the storms of life come. We thank You for all the times You’ve helped and protected us in the past. Please let us to feel Your calming presence when we need it most. In Jesus Christ’s most holy and precious name – Amen!

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