“For thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8b).
What makes you feel safe? Is it a clean bill of health from the doctor, a well-stocked pantry in the kitchen, or a large balance in your checking account? We all have things that make us feel protected, but life can throw you a curve. In just a moment, everything can change.
Homeschooling in the early 1980s was a challenging experience. When our family chose to venture into this unconventional form of education, we faced many adversaries. Accusing us of truancy and threatening to take our children away, our local public school superintendent was our worst enemy. Foolishly, we had thought we were safe to teach our children at home because so many hard-fought homeschooling laws had been passed. However, since the language in these laws was unclear, we found ourselves between the proverbial rock and a hard place. We were forced to our knees in prayer.
In the midst of the turmoil, God reminded us He was our security blanket. As Moses was allowed to see the glory of God pass by in the cleft of the rock (Exodus 33:21-22), God proved Himself mighty and showed us His glory by providing a way to homeschool. One of two schools registered in our state to have homeschool satellite programs accepted our children into their program. This provision was our Red Sea experience and the beginning of a journey to the Promised Land of four successfully educated children.
What about you? Are you facing a personal challenge in your life that seems insurmountable—a lack of money, a broken relationship, or a wayward child? Are there voices and circumstances surrounding you that are causing you to fear? God is your refuge! Run to Him and be safe. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
Father, I’m scared. I don’t know how this problem is going to be resolved. Please, keep me safe and wrap Your loving arms around me. Show me Your deliverance and give me the faith to trust in You for the answer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.