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Need to Getaway? Me Too.

How does a trip to Hawaii sound? Or an escape to the mountains? Ha, most days I consider a Target run a little “getaway”!

The truth of the matter is at times we all need an escape from whatever has been bogging us down – work, laundry, sad news or even people. We need a moment to literally get away in order to be able to re-enter whatever the situation is with grace, humility and love.

But, have you ever jumped in your car to get away and realized you have nowhere to go? Target is closed, the nail salon is packed, nothing sounds good. Or, maybe you need to get away but your situation doesn’t allow it. Kids have been crying all day and your husband works late – you can’t just leave them. You get the picture. It’s one of the worst feelings – needing to get away but not having a getaway.

It’s moments like this that remind me of two things – we all need refuge and Jesus wants to be our refuge.

Living in his presence also means taking refuge in his presence. The Bible tells us that he is our defender (Isaiah 25:4) and I’m not sure about you but whenever I’m running from something I really like the idea of running to something that’s going to defend me!

Psalm 31:20 tells us that in his presence he will hide us from the “plots of man” – this is quickly sounding better than a Target run.

Throughout the Bible we read about God’s strength, confidence and his role as our stronghold. When you look at all these things together it becomes clear that we are protected and safe in God’s refuge.  

So, what does this practically look like? It means we have a safe place we can go, tell our story and be in the presence of a King who is unshaken by our chaos at any given moment.

God invites us to pour out our hearts to him and to trust him because he is our mighty rock (Psalm 62:5-8).

Next time you need a getaway consider running to the one who created you, the author of your life and the one who longs to be our place of refuge.

Psalm 62:5-8 

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. 

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