Finding Refuge in God

Going to NCU has dramatically changed my life and provided me with more opportunities then I can keep track of. This incredible place has a way of breaking you down with crazy workloads and then building you up with the insightful people God has placed here. No matter how intense my present situation is, I know there are people here who can help and comfort me. But is that who I should be turning to?

Whenever I am upset I call my mom and have a good vent session. I love these talks and always find myself relieved when they are over. My mom is amazing and loves me. When people ask whom my role model is I will always say my mother. I see God shine through her everyday in the compassion and understanding she shows to others. She is the epitome of living a Christ-like life. My mom has always been my refuge, and I am just now beginning to see how that is a problem. Don’t get me wrong, talking to your mother is not bad, but only talking to her is not good. Psalm 91 says

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

It’s important for us to turn to God and let Him be our refuge. He has so much love to give and grace to pour out. God provided us with people who we can talk to here on earth, and I believe he did this as an example of how our relationship with him should be. I love my mom with all my heart and would do anything for her. She provides for me, listens to me, understands everything about me and how I work, and loves me unconditionally. Now I understand this is how God loves and knows us. He listens, provides, understands, knows, and loves. We just have to turn to him and realize he is there.

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