stick and branch lean to

Re-blog from Dan Bolin, Refueling in Flight Ministries

A cadre of young children gathered sticks and branches to construct a fortress along a stream that meanders through a park near our home. A strong wind could have toppled the structure but for the children, it was their safe and secure hiding place.

We all long for a fortress, a place for safety from the hazards and dangers of life. We want a place that is secure and provides protection for us and those we love.

So, we build. We build flimsy forts of wealth, power, and prestige thinking they will provide the security we desire. Rather than using God’s many wonderful gifts as tools to accomplish more good deeds, help others, or share the good news, we erect ineffective structures that will never provide the protection we crave.

David knew a little about seeking protection. He prayed, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7)

Enjoy God’s many gifts, but do not look to them for the help they were never intended to provide. God alone is our hiding place, our protection from the threats that will surely come our way.

God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.” Elisabeth Elliot

Dan Bolin
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc

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