I was talking to a coach from another school yesterday. Like the rest of us teachers/coaches, his job changed March 13. And like the rest of us he found that he had time to work on some "projects" he hadn't planned upon. He told me of one of those yesterday. They've had some trees in their yard that needed removed for some time and since now he had the time he decided to take them down on his own, he and his family. He rented an aerial lift to go up in and cut off the top of the tree first, after which he cut down the bottom of the tree. He threw a rope over the top part so his family could pull the top of the tree in the direction it should fall. The first tree went easily.
The second tree, however, did not go as well. First off, he did not take into consideration the hardwood density of the second tree and therefore the weight of it. It only occurred to him after the top part fell off and nearly crushed his family with an earth-shattering thud. He also did not realize that his rope method would get twisted in the lift arm and fall across the bucket nearly cutting him in half so that he would have to cut the rope instead of the tree which sent it careening to the earth and his aforementioned family. All this to say, he will be calling someone else to take care of any other trees he has in his yard in the future.
Psalm 46:1 reminds us that "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble." How often do we forget that? We try to handle things on our own, sometimes it works out, and then we think we can handle whatever life throws at us. Then the tree falls funny, nearly kills us and our family, and we re-evaluate how we do things. That "ever present help" didn't go anywhere. We just chose to forget about Him, and tried to be our own "refuge and strength."
"Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though the waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging."
"Therefore." God is the "Therefore." There is no cause to fear from earth shaking moments, waters roaring and foaming catastrophes, because God is our refuge and strength. It has nothing to do with me. Since God is our refuge and strength, He is and ever present help in trouble, and therefore we do not need to fear.
Today, consider your fears. Where are you going for refuge? Remember where your refuge and strength is, and give your troubles to the God who is an ever present help in trouble.
And go there first.