Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

-Proverbs 30:5

A bad day was acceptable, a bad week was understandable, a bad month was bearable, but a bad life? She dared not think of it.

She woke up to the monstrous sound of her alarm at 5 am, trying to recall what day it was. ‘If only weekends were exciting’, she had not experienced a work-free weekend in months. Work was so demanding that she longed for a break. She longed for a breath of fresh air. She turned to watch her roommate fast asleep. It had been weeks since they had spoken. Work, was hard on her too.

‘Sunday!’, she suddenly remembered. Excited, she got out of bed and ran into the shower. Sundays were special because she travelled a distance to go to church. She went there every Sunday, not because of an obligation but because there was something extraordinary she experienced in church, something indescribable. Although mass was celebrated in a foreign language it felt as if she understood every word. And in her silence, she felt peace. Extraordinary peace.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:7

Yes, the word of God is true. There is peace in the house of God and it is a place of refuge for those who choose to take shelter in it. Despite her stressful conditions, she found peace in a situation that seemed unlikely. She took the time to seek refuge, and in turn God blessed her with the strength, courage and grace she needed to get through the hectic work-life condition. It is when you give, that you receive.


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