“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust him. For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.” Psalm 91:1-7
On the afternoon of May 20, 2013 an EF5 tornado with peak winds estimated at 210 miles per hour struck Moore, Oklahoma killing 24 people and injuring 377 others. The tornado touched down and remained on the ground for 39 minutes creating a path the distance of over 17 miles long and up to 1.3 miles wide at its peak.
After the tragedy, sales for storm shelters in the Moore region surged substantially. They typically do in any region following a destructive storm. In the aftermath of a storm people realize its power and devastation and their vulnerability.
As horrible and fierce as these storms can be, humanity has a far more daunting and formidable danger that exists and is more destructive than the greatest forces of nature. This force has as its aim the complete obliteration of our being if possible. Unlike a tornado that is a result of certain climatic conditions with no ability, purpose, or ill will against those in its path, the force I’m referencing is a foe that does harbor ill will and, in fact, has unmitigated hate and disdain for his potential victims as he pursues to destroy them. However, this foe is no match for the Lord! There is rest for those who abide in the shelter of the Most High, for He is their protector, strong refuge and safety.
My trust and my hope is in You, the God of my salvation and keeper of my soul. Amen.
“Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” Isaiah 50:4