Guests, unanticipated developments, storms—surprising news comes in many forms. Some we welcome as gifts from God; others call us to deeper dependence on Him. How we respond in these times calls us to consider where our security and strength is found. Unexpected (and unwelcome) circumstances challenge us to revisit the questions “whose am I?” and “who am I?” When we know that we belong to God and find our identity in Him, we discover surprising strength and resilience.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”—Psalm 91:1, 2
Prayer: Most High God, Almighty over all creation, Lord of history, our refuge and fortress, Immanuel—You draw us close in times of unexpected stress and change. May the security and strength we find in You give us confidence to rise to each day’s challenges in Jesus’ name. Amen.