Read Psalm 57:1-11
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me, he will put to shame those who trample on me. God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness. Psalm 57:1-3 (NRSV)
David Anglen, from Texas, and his wife operate a small farm. One evening, they were away from home when they received a call from our neighbor who told them that one of their cows was having her calf in the pasture. The time immediately after birth can be dangerous for both the mother and the newborn since both are weak and the birth process often attracts predators.
It was dark when they got home. After getting their flashlights and going out to the pasture, they were rewarded with the sight of a healthy newborn calf lying beside its mother. They also found their llamas and their livestock guardian dog standing in a circle around the cow and calf. The llamas and dog provided comfort and protection to their vulnerable charges. As they moved the cow and her calf to the shelter of the barn, they were escorted by the llamas and dog.
For David, that was a memorable illustration of the protection and refuge God provides. We may not face the same physical threats as livestock, but we do face fear, worry, temptation, loneliness, and grief that pray on our relationship with God. When David looks back at difficult times in his life, he can see that God provided protection and comfort, often in the form of support from fellow Christians. Just as the llamas and dog provided protection and comfort to the cow and her calf, God provides protection and comfort to us.
Prayer: Our Father, thank you for the many ways you comfort us when we are vulnerable. Help us always to find refuge in you, in Jesus' name. Amen.