By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'”
I spent six years living in Oklahoma in a little town called Broken Arrow just outside of Tulsa, and it has some of the worst weather around. Even on beautiful days, it’s usually windy. And because of this, Oklahomans are always ready for weather. They’re always interested in the weather. They’re always thinking about weather.
If you go to a Starbucks in Tulsa, for example, you will see people on their laptops looking at the weather forecasts for their towns. They’re thinking, “That’s interesting. Let’s see what kind of weather is going on in Michigan. Oh, that’s interesting.” People in Oklahoma are obsessed with the weather.
The reason I say this is that because, even though people in Oklahoma are obsessed about the weather, they’re always prepared for it. They have shelters. They have well built homes. They’re ready for the wind. They are never going to leave something expensive outside and allow it to be demolished by something as trivial as the weather. That would never happen in Oklahoma. Anything worth keeping outdoors is always stored in the shed where it belongs.
Jesus encourages us to be Oklahomans, to be ready for anything. If we follow Jesus, if we cleave to him and to his teachings, he will be our shelter no matter what comes our way.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being my companion in good times and bad. Thank you for sheltering me in the storms of life. With you by my side, I need never be afraid. Amen.
Reflection: In what way has Jesus sheltered you during times of trouble?