There is a story of a Russian boy, Paul, who lived in a small town in Russia in Napoleon’s time. He was a disabled child. One day the news spread from cabin to cabin that Napoleon’s forces were approaching. Everyone who had the strength to escape did. Soon the town was abandoned to the mercy of the enemy.
In the cabin where Paul lived no one was preparing to escape. Paul could not walk and his mother was the only help he had. His father had died. The night had fallen on the town and Paul was afraid. He asked his mother and siblings to escape and leave him to his fate.
“The neighbors are gone,” he said. “I don’t want to be selfish. Why do you stay with me? It’s better that you escape while there is time. I’m safe because I don’t think the soldiers will hurt a poor, useless boy like me.”
“We’re all safe,” said his mother. “God will not abandon us, even if all others do.”
“But, Mom, you know those soldiers are beasts. Why do I have to be so weak? I’m useless!” Paul cried.
“Don’t be afraid, son. God will not forsake us,” his mother said. “He’ll build a wall for us, a wall of protection.
And God built a wall!
The next morning they discovered the “wall of protection” that God had built to defend them. It had started snowing during the night and the winds swept the snow against the little cabin and covered it completely.
God showed the little family that he doesn’t disappoint those who trust in him. Paul, his mother and siblings were safe in the cabin, covered by a wall of snow. When Napoleon’s army passed through the village, and looted all houses, the little cabin where the disabled boy lived was protected with a safe wall.
GOD IS OUR REFUGE
God hasn’t changed. He can protect those who trust in Him. All through the Bible we see examples of God’s protection.
When the people of Israel were to conquer Jericho, God made the walls of the city fall. In today’s story, God covered IN snow a little cabin to protect a disabled child from the invading soldiers.
- When Jonah, one of his disobedient servants, was thrown into the raging sea, God in His mercy sent a huge fish to swallow him and so preserve his life.
- When three brave young men refused to worship the golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar and he had them thrown into the fiery furnace, the Lord protected and accompanied them in the flames. When the frightened king called them to come out, there was not even smell of fire on them!
- When God’s servant Daniel chose to be cast into the lion’s den rather than to obey the king’s edict and stop praying to his God, the Lord sent his angel to shut the mouths of the lions and Daniel slept peacefully between these huge beasts.
- When the people of Israel were at the Red Sea, pursued by Pharaoh and his large army, God opened the sea, turning the water into walls that made a safe passage for the people; then those “walls” fell on the enemy drowning them all.
- When Nehemiah heard of the great trouble and disgrace of Jerusalem, and the walls that were torn down, he decided to remedy the situation. And with God’s help he did! Despite the threats of the enemy, the walls were rebuilt in only fifty-two days.
- When the newly converted Saul vigorously preached the Word in Damascus, the outraged Jews conspired to kill him, the disciples lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
- When David, the brave shepherd-boy from Bethlehem, faced the giant Goliath, who had everybody trembling, he beat him in the name of the Lord Almighty and a stone and a slingshot.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
God is our shield and protector—our refuge; but he does not always protect us from danger, but always in danger.
Isaiah 41:10; 43:1-3
Do do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
But now, this is what the LORD says —
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
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.
Whatever your need is today, take heart! If you need protection, the Lord is your refuge. Whatever miracle you need, he is a miracle-working God!
This is the message for today on my story-page for teachers and children in my Spanish La Perlita page. I hope it speaks to you as I hope it will speak to the children and their parents and teachers. We all need to be reminded of the wall of protection God can put around us. He can even use a covering of snow!