So often in our lives we want to be the ones in control. We want to prove to our friends we are able to withstand anything that comes against us whether it is of our own doing or not. We would prefer to be seen in our own strength and our own power. I am reminded of the words of Psalm 57.
Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me,
for I take refuge in You.
I will seek refuge in the shadow of Your wings
until danger passes. – Psalm 57:1, HCSB
It is one thing to know to seek refuge under the wing of God. We ought to run here early on in our struggles and not making it a last-ditch effort. I think that so often that is what we place an emphasis on that is contained in this verse. We seem to want to emphasize our place and while that is all well and good, I think we could learn to take the second part of that verse a little more seriously.
When we are near to God in a struggle we are quick to want to run back out and check on the storm to see if it has passed. Instead, we ought to be content with being under His wing until the danger passes. If we rush back out into the open, we can easily find ourselves back in a situation that would have been over if we would have just waited out the storm. Rather than wanting to prove to our friends just how strong we are, we should recognize that our strength comes from God and be thankful we can hide out with him as our shield.
Although I have never experienced a hurricane, I have been taught that the eye of the storm is the most calm. It is typically that instant where everything gets quiet and the wind dies down. At this point, most people have been cramped up inside for hours and are ready to get out and get some fresh air. This is typically one of the most dangerous things to do though as the storm is only half way over. Right after the eye passes, the winds and precipitation are going to stir again. The seemingly peaceful situation lures people out of their houses only to cover them once again with the deadly conditions.
If we find ourselves in a storm, and we will, we must be content with waiting on it to fully pass before we try to remove ourselves from underneath God’s wing and protection. I am an impatient person and know first hand how this is easier said than done. The harder thing though is knowing when the storm is completely over and it is safe to move. I guess you’ll know when God moves you out into the wild again.