It is obvious how this Eastern Snake-Necked turtle got its name. The neck on this common Australian turtle can be as long as his body! When it feels threatened it can emit a strong musky liquid from the armpits and groin area. Of course, its best protection is his shell. But for this species, to fit that long neck into his carapace he has to bend his head sideways and make it go in sideways. Retreating into his shell may take some extra maneuvering but worth the protection it gives.
Today’s verse talks about the Lord being our refuge in times of trouble. He is good and He cares when we have stuck our necks out too far! The refuge He offers is His presence and is always available. There is no situation that is too difficult for Him regardless of how vulnerable and exposed we feel. By hiding in Him we can wait out whatever is making us feel threatened. He is our refuge, our fortress and our hiding place. In His loving and protecting presence we can patiently wait out any pressure, stress or assault. It is God who gives perseverance and encouragement (Rom.15:5).
I do not know what tomorrow may bring. But I do know that He is already there and He will give me what I need to persevere. At the first sign of trouble, He wants me to hide myself in Him. He cares for me because I trust in Him. He responds to my trust by being exactly what I need when the hard times come. What a comfort that He is good and ready to hide me!
Thank you Lord, that You care.