When you get caught in the rain, where do you run?
The other day I dropped my car off to get some new tyres put on and went for a walk while I was waiting for the fitters to finish.
When I began my walk the clouds didn’t seem that threatening, but after a few minutes the grey clouds above suddenly broke open and sent down a torrent of rain.
I frantically searched for some cover and managed to duck into an underground car park for a few minutes till the storm passed. Living in Perth, it’s not a matter of if, but when it rains. And when it rains, it can rain heavy!
It’s the same in life. It’s not a matter of if, but when the rain comes. They key is not to avoid it, as that would be impossible. The key to survive the rain is to have a place you can run for cover.
David was being chased by king Saul, who wanted him dead. As he was pursued through the wilderness, David ducked for the cover of a cave. But although he had found some physical refuge, he needed something even more reliable than a hole in the side of a hill, so he cried out to God:
‘Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by’ – Psalm 57:1 (ESV)
David knew that the most reliable place to run when your caught in the rain is straight into the arms of a loving and powerful God. It didn’t mean he came out of the cave and exposed himself to a blood thirsty king, but it did mean that his ultimate trust was not in his own ability to handle the storm, but in God’s ability to lead him through it.
Rather than being caught in the rain like I was that day, be prepared. Think ahead. Bring your umbrella. Anticipate the inevitable storms ahead and decide in your heart that when your caught in the rain you will take refuge in the ‘shadow of God’s wings until the storms of destruction pass by’.
You will make it through. You will come out the other side with an even greater confidence that the creator is a loving and powerful God!