September 11, 2022
Recently I was listening to a Forward Day by Day podcast and the speaker read an excerpt from psalm 31 and suddenly, I became aware of just how long I’ve been looking for my “crag”….the safe place amongst the rocks. As I was listening, I fondly remembered my Mother instructing my best friend Victoria and I to look for the crags, the places to shelter for safety if we were in danger. She explained, when we were old enough and able to venture beyond our street filled with familiar faces, we may need to find a safe spot from severe elements like hail, rabid animals and people who may want to harm us. She said, sometimes, we would be afraid but not to let the fear overcome us. If we didn’t know what we needed, or where to go, to take a deep breath and simply let God know what we were feeling, go within, and God would let us know what to do. My prayer then and now in some variation, Please God, I’m afraid, I don’t know what to do, I need your help.
Was my mother’s instruction helpful? Absolutely! As a child and adult, I found refuge in entryways of businesses, police stations, fire stations and even asked adults if I could stand by them until danger passed.
Psalm 31 reminds me as I struggle to find safety with limited resource and mobility that my “crag”, that place of safety and comfort where I can relax and breathe, can be found whenever I surrender and allow God to lead. Contemplating my mother’s wisdom and the psalm, I realize crags, are not always physical. When I say no to something that is harmful to me or someone else, and yes to addressing a need, with God’s grace, I’m creating a spiritual “crag”. An opportunity, to walk a more enlightened path whose ripple in time and space is unknown and my “crag” becomes the comfort of knowing, it was the right thing to do.
Psalm 31: Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and stronghold; for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
Always In Faith, Andrea Bolling