From: Olivia McGuire
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:5-8
Truly there is nothing in this world that is safe from destruction and decay. We all know this to be the fact of our existence—that everything from our possessions to our loved ones to our own health could be swept away from us in a moment. But I'm always surprised at how much I continue to be surprised by that fact. That's a testament to my privilege—the relative safety and security I've experienced all my life—and most of the world's population doesn't share in that experience. So though I'm grateful for my privilege and all it affords me, I realize more and more all the time how it is actually God's call on my life to unlearn my sense of entitlement to apparent safety and security. Because it's not real. And it's not God's way for His people.
We expend insane amounts of energy trying to protect what we have and ward off potential dangers—at least I know that's true for me. I've always been an extremely cautious person, and I don't often get excited about taking risks. As a 31 year-old single woman contemplating the potential reality of marriage and family, I'm realizing on a new level just how terrifying the plunge into that apparent security can be. I've spent much of my life desiring it only to reach this point of understanding that when people take this on, they actually become MORE vulnerable—because there's more to lose! It's terrifying.
Can there be any true refuge? God promises nothing but Himself. Our salvation, our fortress. He Himself is the only real safety. Good thing He is so much more than enough.
My prayer for myself and for our community is that more than any other safety and security we strive after, we would strive after trusting Him at all times. Would we know Him in our waiting, in our silence, and would He make us to desire Him above all other loves, all other desires.
Here's a good tune to help you further meditate on this Psalm: https://sandramccracken.bandcamp.com/track/come-light-our-hearts
I am on staff with InterVarsity at Boston College and Wellesley College. I have enjoyed the abundance of the CotC community for 8 happy years.