my refuge and my fortress?

21 02 2010

“You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust…” (Psalm 91:1-2)

For as long as I can remember, I have been comforted by the idea of God as my refuge and my fortress. I have envisioned strong stone buildings–some real, some imagined. Places like Mont St. Michel, some stone churches I’ve visited over the years. And some occasional stone walls or other structures. I like them. I consider them strong. Even the ones that start to fall apart–I still think they’re strong. Or represent strength. But what does it look like, for me to trust GOD as my refuge and my fortress? What does it look like for me to have that strength from God, my refuge and my fortress?

I hope it looks a little like this photo–a strong fortress, despite outside influences such as potential choking vines nearby. Vines sometimes do climb the fortress. And not all outside influences are necessarily “bad”. But when they distract me from trusting in God, when they take over and threaten to distance me from God.. then I consider them unhealthy influences–at least in my own life.

Yet, if God is my fortress, my refuge.. won’t I remain strong in the faith despite potential “choking” vines? Hopefully. Not always the case, but sometimes. Hopefully more often than not.