AUTHOR: Danielle

Psalm 91:1-4 (KJV)

At some point in life, we will find ourselves on a road that we never thought we would travel. These are quite often the moments we never expected and have the potential to blind-side us on what seemed like a normal day. One moment in time can change the entire course of our future. Suddenly, life has been irrevocably changed, and we have the daunting task of creating a ‘new normal’. Even the way we look at time will change, and our lives can be seen in parts: before the event and after the event. Time itself is a fine nanosecond line that is constantly changing the present into the past. It is constantly progressing forward, but many times we feel stuck due to the situations in which we find ourselves. These seasons of loss and adversity can bring challenges and battles that will force us to rely on the Saviour like never before. It is quite easy to just give in or become bitter, but the Scriptures paint a beautiful picture of how the Father shelters his children beneath his wings. There is no safer place to dwell. Draw near to his heart and allow Him to be your shield and protector.

How do you weather these seasons and travel these unwanted journeys? We must shelter and sing. We must draw near and worship. There is so much healing and strength to be found in positioning ourselves beneath the refuge of his wings as we continue to sing about the goodness and faithfulness of God. Here, however, is the challenge. It requires choice. We must choose to shelter and worship. We must choose to allow Him into the journey. Do not travel the road of loss and adversity alone. These journeys can often be lonely and dark, but He still illuminates the path. Sometimes, we only have enough light to take the next step. That is why remaining in his presence and his word is critical. Scripture says, ‘Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path’ (NLT). His presence and his word illuminate and direct. Not only do we take refuge in his presence, but we must also choose to sing. Worshipping in adversity can be difficult, but yet again, it is a choice. The Scriptures are full of references to taking refuge within his wings and singing a new song. For example, ‘Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings’ (NLT). Find songs that will encourage and strengthen you as you walk out your pain. Choose to see the goodness of God and boldly proclaim it in worship. Even if the tears are streaming, sing like you have never sung before. Worship should be authentic, and worshipping through pain keeps you focused on Him. Draw near to Him and discover an intimacy that you have never known. The hardest part can be letting go and leaving it in his capable hands. When we allow Him to shelter us, we are draw close to his heart. We must do as the Apostle John did. Lay our heads on his chest and listen to his heartbeat. There is something incredibly deep and intimate about listening to someone’s heartbeat. A heartbeat means life and purpose. His heart beats both of these things for us. We can hear the sound of his unconditional love.

He promises to shelter and protect. He promises that He will never leave you. Stand and declare his promises. Invite the Saviour into the journey. Draw near and sink into his presence. Worship within the refuge of his wings.