The legendary snow fort. Who in their right mind would possibly ever think of even attempting to come against a 10 year old who sought refuge in a snow fort filled with snow balls? Or so the 10 year old thinks as they craft their fortress with visions of winter dominance in their minds.
One of my favorite cartoons is Calvin & Hobbes. In one cartoon strip, Calvin & Hobbes eagerly go outside to build the most intimidating and dominant snow fort in the history of snow forts. They stand in the yard and state where the entrance will be, where the towers will be, where the armory will be, and where the walls will be. In their minds, the fort will span much of the yard and be filled with enough snow balls to support 5 winter’s worth of war. They eagerly begin their massive project, only to discover the snow isn’t that deep and it isn’t packing at all. They begin to be overwhelmed by the immensity of their vision. Then, they begin to get cold. The final panel shows them sitting in the house in front of the fire drawing the snow fort while drinking hot cocoa. Calvin says something along the lines of “Sometimes its better to dream about something to actually do it!”
I wonder if we are like that sometimes in how we rest in the strength of God. You see, God has promised to be significantly better than a snow fort that will melt when the season changes! In Psalm 46:1, we read “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.” God is both our place of refuge, but He is also our strength! Just ponder that for a few moments! Only God has the strength to bring us through any situation. Only God has complete control of all things that surround us. Only God can deliver us from death. Only God has the wisdom we need for the situations of life. Only God is present with us wherever we go and wherever we are.
Yet, I fear perhaps we dream about resting in God more than we actually do it. Perhaps we talk about it more than actually live relying upon God. Let us be people who rest in God! Let us be people who run to God and seek His strength. What is the result of living like this? Well, the Psalmist states in verse 2, “Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed.”