In her song, “Sanctuary,” Carrie Newcomer asks the question, “Will you be my haven in the storm?” Each of us has probably asked that question of God, maybe even daily. How endless the “storms” that try to dash our hope and squash our belief that the Holy One will be for us and never against (Romans 8:31). To take refuge is to vulnerably ask, “ Can I lean on you, God? Can I take refuge until I am confident enough to proceed forward?” Like Abraham, who “after patient waiting, obtained the promise,” we trust better days will arrive (verse 15). Patient waiting—that is the clue to sustaining hope in the midst of a society constantly urging us toward ultra-independence and getting things done as quickly as possible. Let us remain steadfast in hope when what we experience seems to take forever to change. We can rest patiently in the trusted haven of God’s compassion.
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