Our Refuge And Strength

by Sheri Schofield

“Um, what is this?” I wondered. I had just walked into my office. There, in the middle of the room, stood a tacky old stroller that looked like it was from the 1950s. Its dull metal and frayed fabric stood in sharp contrast to my lovely peach and burnt orange office sanctuary.

Was my husband, Tim, trying to hint at something? Were two grown children, plus three grandchildren not enough? My thoughts went to Abraham and Sarah who had Isaac when they were in their nineties. No. That couldn’t be it! But what was he up to?

That’s when Tim brought the chameleon home. A chameleon is a kind of lizard that changes colors, kind of like the GEICO gecko, only bigger – but it doesn’t do commercials. I was okay with that. Tim put it in a small terrarium. It seemed harmless enough . . . unless . . .

“Honey, why is there a stroller in my office?” I asked with suspicion.

“Oh, it’s for the chameleon,” he said. “It has to get some sunshine every day so that it won’t get a vitamin D deficiency, and I can’t carry the terrarium easily. So I am going to put the chameleon in the stroller and take it along with me when we go for walks.”

Uh-huh. I could just see it now. Tim and I walking along our mountain road and some neighbors jog by.

“Oh! Let me see!” they say, smiling and coming over to check if we have a new grandchild.

The chameleon starts to turn brown and fades into the dirt in the terrarium.

The neighbors’ eyebrows go up. “Uhhhhh… It’s a lizard!” The neighbors look at us peculiarly and hurry away. Now we have a reputation! We’re The Lizard People.

I called my daughter, Christy, who immediately sided with her dad. “Mom, we’re moving back to Montana next year. My dog and I will go on walks with Dad and his chameleon!”

Great. She was no help at all!

I love being a mother. But not to a lizard! My maternal instincts are reserved for my human children and grandchildren. For them, my love is wider than the ocean, higher than the sky, and, as Randy Travis puts it, “deeper than the holler”.

As I write, our nation is being swept with a pandemic. My heart is sharply focused on my own children and grandchildren. Our son, Drew, is a nurse manager at a large hospital, where they are treating growing numbers of virus victims with inadequate equipment and supplies. My prayers focus first on Drew and his nursing staff each day, our front-line warriors.

Many mothers around this country are also praying non-stop for their children during this crisis. Many are wondering, “Where is God?”

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Our Refuge And Strength – encouragement from Sheri Schofield on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

Israel was about to go through a time of suffering. The prophet Isaiah received this word from the Lord: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior”(Isaiah 43:2-3 NIV).

God does not promise we will not suffer. But He is with us in the suffering, holding us close to His heart of love, comforting us. He hears our prayers. So I am storming heaven for my children daily, trusting that God is in control, whether I see it or not. I can feel His presence. Emmanuel – God with us.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The LORD Almighty is with us. Psalm 46:1-3,7 NIV

sheri schofieldAbout the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

Read Sheri and her husband’s amazing story in One Step Ahead of the Devil: A Powerful Love Story. Thrust into national politics because of her husband’s work, Lissa McCloud struggles to save the life of the man she loves from those who are bent on his destruction. Based on true events, the reader is taken deep into the heart of national politics –all the way to Congress and the President of the United States.

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