Then I pray to you, O LORD. I say, ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.'” (Psalms 142:5 NLT)
In 1977, daredevil mountain climber Doug Scott and team scaled Baintha Brakk, a notorious Pakistani mountain known as “the Ogre”, the first to reach it’s rocky summit. But on the descent down, Scott broke both legs below his knees. Determined to live, he crawled down the mountain for 7 days over 6,500′, through blizzard and starvation! And if that’s not bad enough, his rescue helicopter crashed at the hospital, and again he crawled away to safety!
I can only imagine that in those moments of pain and desperation, Doug Scott didn’t care for fame or riches, but simply to be safe and sound. Hard circumstances are good for reminding us what’s important and where our priorities need to change. Our own cry in those moments would be that of the Psalmist: “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
As you come to Church today, don’t be fixated by what you may be going through. We all simply go from one crisis to another. Instead, tell God how grateful you are that He is that reliable refuge, regardless of whichever problem you currently face. With God securely entrenched in us, everything else in life is merely icing on the cake! You are loved today! See you at Church!