When I was a young boy, my family and a group from our church were hiking at Smith Rock. I was ahead of my parents with part of the group. Suddenly a fierce lightning storm came through. The wind was vicious, the thunder was incredibly loud and the lightning had me almost peeing my pants. It was the scariest moment of my life. There was one man who took me under his wing and led me to a safe outcropping of rocks where we found shelter. Even though I was out of the storm with a group of adults my fear did not subside. Why? Because I was still separated from my father.
In Psalm 23 it says, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” As I reflect on that moment at Smith Rock and think about this verse, I am reminded of the power of being close to our spiritual Father. There is a sense of security and rest that can only come from His presence. Even in the midst of a raging storm, there is a peace available to us that goes beyond any human understanding. It is an inner peace and rest.
Whatever you are facing this week, find your Father (the Bible says that He is near to those who seek Him), crawl into His lap and sense the safety of being held by His arms.