Then the Holy Spirit entered the picture, offering a true place of refuge.
In those specific situations, as I ran to Him, the Lord became my strong tower. He showed me a place and way where I could not only weather and survive the storms of life, but a place where I could thrive.
The Lord opened my eyes to see how my thoughts were self-condemning when perfection wasn’t achieved. You failed again, guess you’ll have to start again tomorrow. You can never get anything right. Humph! Why can’t I ever get this right? You’ll never look as good as/do as good as those gals. Honestly, I didn’t see how wide-spread the self-condemnation problem was until He allowed me to use His God goggles. The Lord laid bare that which was hiding in the dark corners; He is such a great shelter in the storm.
Running to frustration in stressful situations was another gymnasium of times past. Even seemingly simple events, like preparing the house for soon-to-arrive guests, would bring an upheaval of emotions and frustration. The Lord gave (and is still giving) me eyes to see the root causes and all the chaos intertwined.
He has truly been faithful to revel and heal those “gymnasium” areas in my life once I’ve run to Him. It took running to Him, the strong tower, first though. It’s not always easy, the flesh certainly doesn’t want it, and patience is a must. However, it is there, in the presence of the Lord, in His strong tower, that we truly find safety. It it there, when the storm rages, that we are afforded opportunity to sit in peace and safety, high above the reaches of evil. Yes indeed, it is there, when we run to Him that we find everything we need.
Maybe there are areas in your life that you know aren’t right? Maybe it’s the frustration or the anger? Perhaps you run to food or maybe the phone to chit-chat all too often? Oftentimes we know when something isn’t right, while other times we haven’t a clue. Either way, please be encouraged to run to the Lord. Don’t run to your gymnasium, it might be comfortable to go there, but it’s dangerous. Go to the true God instead, go to the strong tower as you weather the storms of life. He is faithful.
I come to You now, bringing praise on my lips for Your strong tower. You are faithful and it is through You that I am lifted high above evil. Father, I know that ____________ isn’t right. Your righteousness is missing and darkness is attempting to have its hay day with me. It’s time for that to end. I run now to Your strong tower for safety. Reveal the root of it Lord, and heal me that I might bring You glory. Fill me with Your loving goodness instead. I will wait patiently, knowing that You will answer and Your name will be magnified. I love you Lord.
In Jesus’ name,