Such an umbrella is a good thing. On the one hand, it protects us from rain and also from heat. The raindrops bounce off him and we stay dry. On hot days we find soothing and relaxing shade under an umbrella. To protect ourselves we have to stay under the umbrella.
In our everyday life we find ourselves again and again in situations where we seek and need protection. When difficulties and challenges arise, we are happy to find a safe place where we can find security and refuge. How do you go through the storms of life? Do you have an umbrella with you that you can open up and stand under? . If we walk through the rain without an umbrella, we get wet. If we lie in the sun without an umbrella, we get sunburn. Likewise, when we go through life without a protective umbrella, we are exposed to various dangers. An umbrella cannot stop rain, sun, challenges and difficulties, but we feel secure and protected under it.
My refuge, protection and shield that I always have with me is God. I rely on him as it is written in Psalm 91: 1:
“Whoever sits under the umbrella (protection) of the Most High and remains under the shadow of the Almighty, speaks to the Lord: My confidence and my castle, my God in whom I hope.”
I’m fine under God’s umbrella, I can stay calm even when storms are raging around me, because I know that he is holding his protective hand over me.
“You surround me on all sides and hold your protective hand over me.” Psalm 139.5
God’s umbrella is infinitely large and there is room for everyone. Whoever entrusts his life to God puts himself under his patronage. Everyone who decides to sit under his umbrella and stay under his shadow is safe. Everyone who stays in the presence of God, stays close to him, stays in touch and in relationship with God, finds refuge.
“With you I am safe, protected in every danger and surrounded by the exultation of salvation.” Psalm 32: 7
“Lord my God, I look to you with confidence, I seek protection from you” Psalm 141: 8
“You are my protection and my shield, I rely on your promise” Psalm 119:14
“Yes, God his way is perfect, Yahweh’s word is unadulterated. He is a shield for all who seek protection from him. ”Psalm 18:31
“He protects you with his wings, you find protection under his wings. His loyalty is a defense and a shield. ”Psalm 91: 4
“Yahweh is good, a safe refuge in times of need. He knows those who seek protection from him. ”Nahum 1,2
God says: He loves me, that’s why I want to save him. He knows my name, so I will protect him. ”Psalm 91:14