Navigating rough waters has always been a challenge for captains of great ships. Whether it is on the high seas, the great lakes, or a local inland waterway, finding shelter in the midst of a storm is a necessity for survival. And a seasoned captain will know the importance of anchoring his or her ship in a place of refuge until the storm passes.
Refuge. The word itself offers a sense of shelter and calm in the midst of any storm. It’s what we seek, and it matters not if the storm is external, or it’s one we struggle with internally. We need that refuge, a place of calm and serenity, a place to anchor our soul until the winds and waves settle. A safe harbor no matter what life throws at us.
The past seven or eight months have been difficult for many. The pandemic that has gripped the world shows no signs or relenting, and the ripples from that storm have been, and continue to be far reaching. Race riots have our cities and many of our communities on edge. An impending presidential election has provided high-stakes drama, increased division, and the level of personal anxiety has increased for many as a result. Where do we find refuge in these stormy waters? Where do we anchor our soul when all we see is turbulence around us?
The great psalmist, King David, knew where to anchor his soul when the storms ravaged around him. In Psalm 62:5-8, he records these words:
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
When we focus on the storm around us, no matter the cause, we struggle. Fear overtakes us. Anxiety shows up and makes itself at home in our spirit. And we soon realize we are powerless against the blowing winds. But we do have hope. We have a place, a person to whom we can anchor our soul. Unmovable. Unshakable. Unwavering. Our Savior God is our rock and a refuge from the storm. And like King David said, true rest from the storm for your soul is found in Him, and in Him alone.
Every one of us has an anchor we have dropped overboard somewhere. To what have you anchored your soul in this stormy season? The relentless flow of negativity on social media or the 24 hour news sources? Empty promises given from potential and current national leaders? Or, better yet, have you found your refuge in the calm, serene comfort of the One who gave you life and created your soul to commune with Him? We might search for refuge in a variety of places, but we’ll never find complete shelter from the storms of this life apart from the calm harbor of our redeeming God.
Don’t anxiously await a light at the end of this dark tunnel. Run for the Light that is constantly beckoning you to the safe shores of His presence. For there, your soul will be anchored and at peace.