He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (Ps. 62:6)

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG CHILD, my family was involved in a cult. The group believed that, with enough faith, the sick and injured would be healed. Seeking medical attention wasn’t an option. When I was four years old, my dad accidentally backed over me with a lawnmower and I lost my left hand.

My dad had to make a decision that he knew would be difficult, no matter what he decided. The situation called for immediate medical help, but that was strictly against the rules. He risked losing either me or the “faith” he had embraced. My father ended up calling for an ambulance. The cult leaders later gave the opinion that it was God’s will for me to die. In their eyes, my dad had “played God” by seeking medical help.

What those leaders couldn’t see, though, was that the God whom they thought wanted me to die was my refuge when I was terrified and crying. Every child of God, from the strongest to weakest, desperately needs the same comfort. God is the protection and shelter of His people. This is equally true when, humanly speaking, it seems He is absent from our life circumstances. It’s the perfect match: we desperately need a refuge and God is willing and able to be that for us.

Thank God for your salvation and that He watches over your life.

Neal Eckert lives in Michigan with his loving wife and seven young children. He staff writes full-time for a hunting and fishing organization.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.