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One Reason People Keep Staring at You

Dora Weithers has written for Christian publications. Her devotionals inspired by everyday living are brimful of hope and encouragement.

Devotional

I have become as a wonder to many, But You are my strong refuge. Psalm 71:7 (NKJV)

Have you ever noticed two or three people standing together, staring at you? Did you wonder what they were saying about you? If some misdeed from your past had just come to light, you might have prayed silently for the floor to swallow you; but if you were in the habit of talking to God about everything, you would have prayed for Him to become your refuge in the present situation.

When we are in trouble, we do whatever is familiar. We frantically defend ourselves, struggling to prove what’s good and right about us; or we become humble, acknowledge God in our lives, confess and repent, and ask Him for wisdom to make the right moves. It is our implicit trust in God that makes people wonder about us, like they wondered about the psalmist.

Read the whole psalm, and you will find that he was desperate to escape trouble. “Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually,” he prayed (verse 3). He praised God who had delivered him from difficulties when he was a child, when he was a youth, and was his only potential refuge now in his old age. He knew that his enemies were watching his struggle and wondering "How does he always make it through?"

People wonder about Christians whose faith keeps them moving forward despite their troubles. They long to understand how Christians remain so focused and forgiving, when others lose their temper. They wonder why Christians talk patience and contentment when others engage in dishonest means to keep up appearances. They try to figure out why Christians still worship and praise when others despair in the midst of grief and loss. Their curiosity pays off when it leads them to the conclusion that God is our refuge.

The joy of Christianity is not that our lives become trouble-free when we surrender ourselves to God; it is that He becomes our refuge in every type of trouble. That’s why people stare at you. Sometimes you even wonder at His mercy toward you. He promised (Psalm 46:1) and He keeps His Word.

Prayer: Eternal Refuge, we pray with thanksgiving that our faith will be a witness to all who wonder about the victories You have won for us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

God does promise to be our refuge in the midst of the storm.

God does promise to be our refuge in the midst of the storm.

10 Quotes About God Being Our Refuge

  1. “God does not guarantee us a life free from trouble but He does promise to be our refuge in the midst of the storm.” –Kathy Howard
  2. “Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security.” –Elisabeth Elliot
  3. “Dear refuge of my weary soul,
    On thee, when sorrows rise,
    On thee, when waves of trouble roll,
    My fainting hope relies.”
    Anne Steele
  4. “The all-victorious Christ is like a great rock in a weary land, to whose shelter we may flee in every time of sorrow or trial, finding quiet refuge and peace in him.” –J.R. Miller
  5. “Any refuge other than God is probably something that I should seek refuge from rather than seek refuge in.” –Craig D. Lounsbrough
  6. “It is likely that you remain incessantly troubled and fitfully anxious because you have sought out refuge in some person or institution that is at the very same time attempting to find refuge for themselves. For the only Person Who is His own refuge in order to be ours is God.” –Craig D. Lounsbrough
  7. “Your heavenly Father creates a place of refuge for you. A safe place to offer you relief. He can comfort you in times of trouble. God prepares a table for you. Not just any meal, but a beautiful banquet.” –Dana Arcuri
  8. “It is better to hide under the shadow of the righteousness of Almighty God than seek refuge in shelter of sins.” –Lailah Gifty Akita
  9. “He hideth my life in the depths of His love.
    And covers me there with His hand.”
    Fanny Jane Crosby
  10. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by. –Psalm 57:1
 And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge.

And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge.

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© 2020 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 14, 2020:

Eric, thanks for sharing your experience of the constant presence of Jesus. People who stare will soon realize that He is the Source of your protection and provision.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 10, 2020:

Oops. I have been stared at my whole life. I just am one of those unfortunates that stand out no matter what. I for sure take refuge in the Lord. I really take Jesus personally and He is always there.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 07, 2020:

Nehemiah Project, I hear you. Good for us too, if we live lives that demonstrate God's love and grace.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 07, 2020:

Flourish, small towns seem to thrive on gossip. True, though, that some people deserve to be talked about; they're such good influences.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 07, 2020:

Mary, keep on doing the "unusuals" and get noticed for being blessed and for being a blessing. Happy about your comment on the quotes.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 07, 2020:

Bill, your comment is in keeping with your introvert personality, but I'm so glad that you got a laugh. It is true, though, that people are looking at you; you stand out more than you care to believe. That's because you do so well with the talent God has given you.

John Gardiner on August 07, 2020:

Billbuc...

Great! Jesus was not a "noticeable " sort. It was His life and words that spoke more loudly. Louder than His miracles, really.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 07, 2020:

I grew up in a small town and there was often horrible gossip. Some people had the grace of the wisdom you share here while others were like battered flags flapping in the wind.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 07, 2020:

When people who know me start staring, I know that there must be something unusual and that I may be doing something new in myself. I hope they notice it. But as my circle is not huge, I am not getting this feedback. I love the quotes. They nourish my Spirit.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 07, 2020:

I had to laugh at the title of your article. From a personal standpoint, I don't feel like people are staring at me - ever. I am like a leaf on a huge tree. I blend in with my surroundings and go unnoticed most days. And I am fine with that. My words will be my legacy and I am fine with that.

Blessings always, my friend.