One afternoon last week, the call came instructing us all to get inside, locking doors and windows until further notice.
It was a police robo call informing us the police were looking for a criminal in our neighborhood, on my very street, no less. The hunt actually went on for several days until they were caught in another state.
The call was enough for me to let my family know to get inside and “batten down the hatches”. Friends and family texted or called to make sure we were safe as they also heard the news.
In our home, we have since had several discussions. They have mostly surrounded thoughts on keeping ourselves “safe”. Most of the suggestions sadly came out of the mouth of “yours truly”, who cannot watch crime shows without having nightmares.
This morning I sit here, in a much better frame of mind, as I have reined in my thoughts and emotions. In reading Psalm 91 through several times, I find peace in reading:
- He is our refuge, our place of safety.
- He will rescue us.
- He is our shelter.
“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” (Psalm 91:9-11, NLT)
Safety was totally out of my control.
But never out of His.
And so I pray … Thank you, Lord, that Your eyes are always on us and never sleep. Amazing to think how You are ever-watchful. You are always beside us and ready to protect. On those days when the news would cause me angst, help me to remember that no amount of my worry or hand-wringing will ever keep my family safe. You are our refuge, our place of safety. Help me to cast my cares on You with the assurance that You hold us in the palms of Your hands. It is in Your Name, I pray. Amen.