By Donna Thomas
Don't you just love the freshness of these August mornings? They beckon me outside to my favorite deck chair. I've positioned it to overlook the hosta garden for some quiet moments of devotional reading and meditation. This morning was especially sweet as my Bible reading led me to a spiritual freshness in the Psalms. You've heard this one many times, quoted it, and perhaps preached it. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble" (Psalm 46:1). But check this out. A literal translation from the Hebrew text says: "God is our refuge and strength, abundantly available in tight places for help." Isn't that rich?
I'd encourage you to pause for a moment and do a little meditation yourself. Can you picture a "tight place" that keeps you closed in, void of freedom? Sit with that image for a bit. Now, can you embrace this abundance of God's availability for you? Sit with that idea for a few moments. I don't know about you, but I've been in some "tight places" that were seemingly so debilitating that I was sure there was no room for God to squeeze in. Sometimes the place in which we find ourselves feels so bad that we can't imagine there is any room for God to enter in and create space for something good. Pondering that God is "abundantly available" opens up something new in me. Perhaps this is his encouragement for us to ask the spiritual direction question: “Where is God in the ‘tight places?’"
I believe the Holy Spirit will show us when we ask. May his refuge and strength be your hope today.
About the Author:
Donna leads training programs in healing care at Ashland Theological Seminary and directs Care Ministries at her church, Park Street Brethren. She loves playing with her grandchildren, exploring ways to be healthy and “green” and spending time with great friends.