You will free me from the snare they set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
I hear the whispers of the crowd,
that frighten me from every side,
as they consult together against me,
plotting to take my life.
But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, "You are my God."
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.
-Psalm 31: 5-6, 14-16
What is a refuge? A place of safety. A place of beauty. A place where the natural world can simply be. No worries. My favorite coffee cup says “Hakuna Matata” – no worries.
I went through a very stressful time in my life where I reported a friend to DSHS for neglecting her children. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. And the repercussions for my personal life and ability to rest were profound. The only rest that I found was to give all the angst, doubt, pain, and fear to God. Over and over again. God was my refuge.
One thing that I have learned is that the refuge is within and without. Our refuge with God is ontological and created. Being part of the circle of life (to continue the Lion King thoughts), means we are all connected and God is travelling with us. Remember that great scene where Mufasa is talking about the ancestors in the stars? The ancestors are with us. Part of us. Part of our cloud of witnesses. Part of the cosmos. We are all star stuff after all!
“Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down at us from those stars…whenever you feel alone, those kings will be there to guide you, and so will I.”