Friday was the last football game of the season. It would have been nice if it had been a beautiful crisp evening, but unfortunately it was cold and rainy – “real football weather” was what some people called it. With resignation we all donned layers of Under Armor, sweatshirts, warm jackets, and rain gear. I grabbed a few blankets, Dad brought plastic bags to place on the moist seats, and we set out to watch the wet, muddy guys give it their best one more time.
As I sat with the crowds of plastic clad fans I realized that even though the rain was sprinkling down and the cold air was swirling around us, I actually felt warm. Tucked underneath all my layers of fleece, rain gear, and wool blankets I was toasty warm.
It caused me to think about the refuge we have in Christ. Today’s verse reminds us that we will have rainy days as we live out the years we have on this earth, but we do not need to fear. The Lord is good all the time and during each trial He will be our refuge if we allow Him to be. He cares for all those who put their trust in Him.
I continued to ponder these warm thoughts as I snuggled a little deeper into my toasty gear. Adjusting my poncho’s hood so the drops of rain would run down onto the bleachers I thought, “Let the rain come!” Sitting next to Dad and taking in the sights and sounds of teenage boys doing what they love and proud parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends cheering for them, I enjoyed a real warmth – both physically and emotionally.
Sitting in the rain isn’t usually my idea of fun. But when I am dressed for it, I can really enjoy the experience. In the same way, I don’t really like to go through trouble and struggles. But when I am in my refuge – my great God – I can actually enjoy the care that only God can give.