Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Your Place of Refuge

Summer of Tender MerciesJacob 5:65 - Enos 1:11

I had a hard time deciding what to write yesterday.  When I read through the chapters in Jacob I was reminded of so many lessons I learned on trek.

Today the lesson I chose not to write about yesterday was reaffirmed in the reading again.

So I will share...

The lesson begins in Jacob 4 8-10, "Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord...for behold, by the power of his word man came upon the face of the earth, which earth was created by the power of his word...O then, why not able to command the earth, or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it, according to his will and pleasure?"

I have read this scripture many times, but it has never stood out to me the way it did after I visited Martin's Cove.

Martin's Cove is a small inlet carved out of the Wyoming plains.

It is unique in the fact that its shape and location captures the wind in such a way that a huge sandbar has formed right in the middle.

That sandbar provided a place of refuge for the beleaguered Saints who struggled through those plains in the midst of a harsh winter storm.  It was a covert from the storm.

A geologist who passed through Martin's Cove recently said that there are only three locations like that throughout that whole region.  It is a unique phenomenon.

Since we have been on this tender mercy journey my ears perk up whenever someone mentions a phrase like that...unique phenomenon, coincidence, serendipity.

Because often what we think of as a coincidence is really a tender mercy from the Lord.

I believe Martin's Cove is a tender mercy.

That belief was strengthened when I read that scripture in Jacob 4.

"... by the power of his word earth was created...O then, why not able to command the earth, or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it, according to his will and pleasure?"

I can't help but wonder, on the day of creation when that cove took shape did the Lord already know of the Saints who would take refuge there?

I think He did.

I believe He created Martin's Cove as a place of refuge for the Saints long before they arrived there.

And I believe He does the same for us.

Looking back at the hardest moments of your life can you recognize places that became a refuge for you?

Where is your place of refuge?

My very favorite part of Jacob 5 is one line long.

It is my favorite because of this...

I believe in a God who provides shelter, refuge, and a covert from the storm.

I believe in a God who sets that refuge in place long before we know we will need it.

I believe in a God who travels with us, leads us, and protects us.

A God who, as He tenderly watches over us, continually asks, "What could I have done more?" (Jacob 5:49)