We live in the harbour city of Nanaimo on the Strait of Georgia, off the Pacific Ocean. Not a lot of storms come into the strait but when they do they are powerful! Once when a friend was visiting we wanted to walk on the beach but her visit began at the very tail end of a hurricane. Nanaimo was not near the hurricane but the winds were nevertheless tremendous. We thought we could walk onto the beach, even for a few minutes. We were wrong. We couldn’t walk a thousand feet. We had to give up. Likewise our famous bathtub races, tubs faced 13-foot waves on the ocean part of their journey; many had no choice but to give up. The winner declared he definitely considered giving up.
God is our refuge. Coming before God is the shelter in any kind of storm. With 13-foot waves and unyielding winds facing our lives, in peace and calm God meets us. God listens to us. God cares for us. God protects us.
Caring God, thank you for being our port in the storm, for being our refuge in times of trouble. What an incredible gift is your peace. We are amazingly blessed to have your calm hand on our lives, on our worries and on our pain. Amen. — KNM