Wednesday, October 13, 2010

House of Refuge

Where is your house of refuge when you are in the midst of the storms of life? When you are in the turmoil of conflict, facing serious health issues, or attacked for your beliefs? These are the times that try our faith. Who can keep us safe? Is Jesus really able to calm the storms?

Most of us are not facing life threatening storms, but when David wrote many of his psalms he was on the run, fearful for his life, without a home. Yet he knew the power and unfailing faithfulness of the one true God. He wrote “Keep me safe, O God, for in You I take refuge.” Psalms 16:1, and “For in the day of trouble, He will keep me safe.” Psalm 27:5

Much like David, in this weekend’s Bible story your preschool child will hear about Rahab a woman who put her faith and trust in the one true God. She risked her life to hide the Israelite spies who came to her city, because she believed in the power and faithfulness of their God. When the wicked city was attacked by the Israelites everything was destroyed, except Rehab’s house and her family. She could count on God to keep her and her family safe. God was her refuge!

Through the fun small group activities, your child will discover “God Can Keep You Safe”. For a preschooler, it is important to know that in good times and scary times God is there protecting you. Perhaps you have a story to share with your preschooler about a time when you were afraid and you called on God to keep you safe. For me, it was when I was 6 years old and my older brother teased me about not looking over a high cliff we were on. I cautiously walked to the edge only to have the earth give way and I tumbled down trying to grab on to branches. In that moment I thought only God could save me. He did! I came to rest on a small patch of earth just a few feet from a 100’ drop off. I knew then that my God would keep me safe in any situation!

Our God is amazing! Whether it is life threatening situations or just the storms of everyday life He is there for us! What storm in life are you facing? You can have His peace and comfort as you trust in His refuge!

Carolyn Hillegeist
Early Childhood Coordinator

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