Last summer I began working as a carer for the elderly and I was so thankful for the job as it had been something I had wanted to do for years. However, the reality and hardships of the work quickly became apparent. I was working long hours, travelling much of the day and having to deal with upsetting situations on a daily basis. Quickly realising that I couldn’t continue the job in my own strength, I decided that each day I would read a Psalm in the local park and each day I learnt more about who God is.
One rerecurring theme that I found in the first 20 Psalms was this idea of refuge (a place of safety and shelter):
Psalm 9:9 ‘The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of troubl
Psalm 11:1’In the Lord I take refuge.’
Psalm 14:6 ‘ You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge.’
Psalm 16:1 ‘Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.’
Psalm 18:2 ‘…my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.’
Each day, no matter how it was going, I felt encouraged by the words that I read. How in times of great sorrow, the Psalmists continued to be thankful and allowed God to be their rock and comforter. It wasn’t a chore or a task, but a gift freely given to let God into my life and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
It was still a difficult job, but as I look back, those days were filled with such light and joy for I was reminded each day of my identity as a child of God. However your January is going, remember the Lord’s promises for you, remember the love that He has for you and seek His guidance through reading the Bible.