God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
While not my favorite genre of movies I do enjoy a good natural disaster movie from time to time. I think the last one we watched was San Andreas and to be honest we basically went to see it because of the cruise ship scene. Being that we love to cruise, we were eager to watch a cruise ship get carried away by a giant wave and end up in downtown San Francisco. At least for me that was the best part of the whole movie.
Almost all of the natural disaster movies I’ve seen are basically the same. Someone has the inside scoop of an upcoming disaster and although they try to warn every one of the impending doom no one is willing to listen. As the impending disaster finally occurs it is left to the one who gave the warning to save all mankind or at least their family from the devastating tragedy that is accruing. The majority of these movies depict building crashing down, dams breaking, and massive fires rising from the ground. There are always people running everywhere only to have buildings fall on them or overtaken by a mile high wall of water or worse yet a rapid flow of hot scorching lava. The movies seem to always end with the one who gave the initial warning surviving with their family, while countless thousands of people perished in the midst of this unprecedented and unparalleled disaster.
As I read Psalms 46:1-3 this morning I was reminded how living with our trauma can often seem like a disaster movie with everything disintegrating around us. Careers, jobs, schooling, relationships, marriages, friendships, and even casual relationships seem to implode around us. It is in the midst of our most terrible and freighting trauma and situations that we find ourselves completely lost, hopeless and abandoned. But the truth is even though we feel as though everything has collapse around us and disaster utterly surrounds us we do not have to live in total ruin.
The Psalmist tells us that God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. My friends, I want you to know that in the midst of our trauma and the effects of living with PTSD we have a refuge.
This refuge is not found in substance abuse, self-medication, avoidance, anger, resentment or isolation. It is found in God and God alone. For He is our strength and our very present help in all of our troubles. I like the thought of “present help”. It gives us a clear and concise picture that God is always with us, that he is only a request or prayer away. With God being our very present help He is ready and willing to reach out to us in all of our troubles at any moment. The Psalmist continues on to tell us that we will not fear even if the world suffers a great calamity. The Psalmist gives us a picture of the two mightiest natural formations we have. The unwavering mountains and the great forbidding sea, they give us a picture of constant sovereignty and grandeur and an earth that is immense. Yet he says if even they crash, fall, roar or change we have confidence that our refuge in God will never change or never cease. We spend so much time trying to find peace within ourselves, trying to find a refuge from the pain, grief and even guilt of our trauma and yet we never find it. Does turning to God as our refuge and strength and a very present help take away our trauma or the results of our trauma? No. Does it heal us completely so we are never reminded of our trauma or have to live with the symptoms of our PTSD? No. Does it give us hope, peace, strength, healing and takes away the fear of living with our trauma? Yes it does! When we finally turn over all of our fears and our struggle with our trauma and give it to God. We will then find a refuge for our weary and exhausted soul. We will find help in the tiredness we experience by trying to do it ourselves.
My friends, the rest and peace, which we so desperately seek, are found in God. The question then must be asked how do we find this peace in God? What must I do so I can find refuge, strength and help in God? The Scriptures tells us that Jesus is the way to the Father (God). Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. It is through Jesus Christ that we enter into a relationship with God. The Scriptures tells us “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” If you desire to know more about entering into a relationship with God I encourage you to view “Our Hope” Page. There you will find the path to finding God.