There is nothing more impressive than a powerful thunderstorm as it fills the sky with lightning, it showers the earth with heavy rain, and it bends the trees with its furious wind. Unfortunately, there are dark and powerful storms that eventually threaten each of our lives. Whether it is the death of a loved one, the loss of our health, the loss of our finances, a senseless tragedy, or the consequences of our own sin, we all must face various storms in our lives. Some of these storms are so intense that they fill our minds with anxious thoughts, they refuse to let us sleep, and they torment our souls for days on end. It is during life s most intense storms that some people will finally realize that they must take shelter in something stronger than themselves or the remedies and distractions of the world. It is during life s darkest times that some people will finally humble themselves and call on the Lord for refuge. Only when we are threatened by the powerful storms of life, we have come to the end of ourselves, and our dreams have possibly forsaken us do some of us finally seek the Lord and call on him for refuge. The decision to seek the Lord and take refuge in him is not just a desperate last resort for those who are wrestling with hard times and overwhelmed with despair. Instead, those who seek the Lord and learn to take refuge in him have begun a spiritual journey and they will ultimately discover a lasting source of peace, strength, and hope that will not forsake them.