Be My Refuge

This morning’s breakfast routine started in normal fashion. It wasn’t until I got up from where I was eating at the counter that I noticed a small dog running around on the back patio. Mom had left me a note saying she had already fed Muffy, so I hadn’t bothered to go out before I started preparing my meal.

Glancing out the door, I figure Muffy is long gone by this time and started to wonder where the dog came from; he had a collar and when I opened the door to say, “Go home,” it started nosing against the screen door like Muffy when he wants to be pet. Cute dog, but when it started eating Muffy’s food, my tone in voice changed and I got loud, waking Marcia up in the mean time.

With my balance so off as of late, even going out to feed Muffy is tricky with the back porch steps, let alone Muffy rubbing against my legs and circulating around me wanting to be pet, I often just have to stand there holding the one handle attached to the side door. This dog, I could tell, would be even worse as it was a bit of the hyper type, so I did not really venture out until it left the patio. Marcia did get a chance to look at his tag; it was our neighbor’s dog. Marcia and I watched him run under the patio and since we couldn’t do anything about that we just went on to continuing breakfast.

As we were finishing, Marcia states randomly, “I think he has Muffy up the tree.” Sure enough, this pup is frantically jumping, circling, howling, barking at the tree. I didn’t know Muffy still climbed trees as he is “getting up there in cat years,” but I have to admit, I was quite impressed! 🙂




Once we figured out how to get the visitor back to his fenced yard (I was also impressed by the size of the hole he made in the fence), it was time to try to get Muffy out of the tree. Marcia stood underneath coaxing him and trying to help him, but Muffy was not moving. I didn’t want him in the tree as we were planning on being gone for a few hours, so I decided to step out on the back patio and just try calling his name to see if that would help. I blurt out, “Muffy…here kitty, kitty, kitty.” Within a few seconds, I see black move in the tree and watch as he makes his way down (again, impressive) and run up the patio towards me. I just stood there, holding my handle–swooped down and gave him a good pet.

This week, I have been reading the Psalms and often found myself in the Gospel of John as well. The Psalms make reference to God being a refuge. I love this imagery. A refuge for me is like a fort…strong, protection, a place where I feel safe. I also think of it in terms of comfort, a place of warmth. I think the reminder of those images is like a backdrop to remembering the promise that God will never leave me nor forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6). Jesus never said this world would be easy (John 16:33), but my Refuge is unwavering for all eternity.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

John 10: 27-28 NKJV


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10 responses to “Be My Refuge

  1. Michelle

    🙂 Thanks for sharing a bit of your morning & some beautiful reminders. ❤

  2. marcie

    The verse that came to mind, as I read your post is Ps. 91:2, “I will say to the Lord, ‘You Alone are my God, my refuge, my place of safety- my fortress; You Alone are my God and I am trusting you.”

    • mel

      When I am reading Psalms hand making the notes of which verses have “steadfast love” in them, I also started making reference to the verses where the words refuge, strong tower or fortress were used. There is a lot. 🙂

      Mom made me flash cards with verses when I was going through a hard time in college. I still look at them; yesterday’s was Nahum 1:7, “The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And he knows those who take refuge in Him.”

  3. Lois

    Sweet Muffy pictures. I am so impressed that she climbed down at your request! What a sweet one! Refuge….a special reminder to all!

  4. Megan

    Aw:) That’s too cute that Muffy came out of the tree when you called… remember that one time that a dog ‘treed’ 3 of our cats here in CO? Tux was down in the haystack behind the barn but then Flip/Muffy were in one tree and then Little was in the other. That was crazy!! That’s when Marcia and I got the big ladder and got them down one by one. oor kitties!! XOXO, Megs

    • mel

      I remember this. Actually, I think I have a few pictures of you on the ladder. Glad we didn’t have to use the ladder with Muffy this time, but he was not up as high I don’t think.

      After we skyped, I went out to get his food and the another cat was there too, haha. Poor Muffy had quite the weekend. I just went out a few minutes ago….he is nice and relaxed on his chair. 🙂 I gave him a pat on the head for you. xoxo

      • Megan

        Yeah, I’ve got a few pics of me on the ladder too. Crazy! HAHA:) I’m glad that things have calmed down a bit outside for Muffy. He’s too cute:D Thanks for giving him a pat on the head from me! Love and miss YOU tons!!!!! XOXO, Megs

  5. Megan

    *Poor kitties!!

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