By Shelley Hitz
Today I felt like I needed safety from the storm swirling in my life right now. I sensed God say to me that He is here with me and that I can find safety and refuge in Him…even when I feel like everything around me is uncertain and feels unsafe.
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
I have a picture of what that “safe refuge” looks like for me. There may be times when I have to go out in the storm and get wet and cold. But I know that God is always with me. He will never leave me or forsake me. And whenever I need rest, our safe place is waiting for us. I pictured that safe refuge as a warm inviting cave where I am protected from the storms. God offers me warmth by the fire to dry off and food for my soul. He says, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest for your souls.”
He walks with me. He doesn’t stay behind in the cave. He will be with me to give me the strength and wisdom I need to navigate this storm. Storms come and go and I can’t predict when they will come.
This is a storm that has entered my life. I wasn’t expecting or planning my dad to be assaulted resulting in a coma and a severe brain injury. But, now I have to deal with it. Kind of like floods, wild fires, hurricanes and earthquakes are unexpected disasters that leave behind so much damage.
I feel like my life is in rubble again. It feels as if my heart is broken and hurting.
Rebuilding After a “Storm”
This is what I sensed God saying to me in my journal today:
“Shelley, you may feel like your life is in rubble again, but realize that I am able to ‘restore what the locusts have eaten’ and I am the Ultimate Rebuilder of hearts and lives. As we work together at ‘rebuilding the walls’ of your life, there will be a greater and deeper beauty seen in you than was evident before. I am able to bring good out of any situation…I am about healing and restoring the brokenhearted. Beloved, your heart has been broken, but as we rebuild and restore the brokenness within you, there will be a beauty that far exceeds anything you could have imagined before. Trust me. Hold on to my hand as we walk through this storm together. Come take shelter with me and find refuge in me. And surrender your broken heart to me. I am the Healer and Restorer of broken hearts.”
And so, today I found that peaceful place again. That safe refuge. I’m not sure how long this storm will rage, but I do know that I can always find safety in Him in the midst of it all. And I am given the hope of a promise today. The promise of rebuilding after the storm….the rebuilding of my broken heart.
“He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.”Psalm 147:3
“He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted.”Isaiah 61:1
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Shelley Hitz is an author and speaker. Her main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements. Shelley’s openness and vulnerability, as she shares her own story of hope and healing, will inspire and encourage you. You can find out more about Shelley and connect with her online at www.ShelleyHitz.com or invite her to speak at your event at: www.ChristianSpeakers.tv.