Sanctuary

“The Walking Dead” is a show on AMC that has become very popular over the past few seasons. I’m not sure what the appeal of it is for everyone, but I think for some, it makes them think about how they would survive if “life as we know it” suddenly changed and people had to constantly look for shelter and food to stay alive.

The show has its share of excitement and plot twists. Throughout the series viewers are left with a feeling of uneasiness. The main characters often meet “bad people” who want to rob or kill them, or they have to fight off “walkers” that try to attack them. In this season the home they had was destroyed, and in their haste to leave, the group was scattered and separated.

In the latest episode (season 4, episode 14) the splinter group of two adults, two children, and a baby find a house in the “middle of nowhere.” There’s food, water, and gas for cooking. The group was contemplating living there, but then something tragic happens (the ending took viewers by surprise). The splinter group decides to leave in order to find a sanctuary known as “Terminus.”

It would be terrible to live in a world where there is no justice and people have no real peace. The truth is, our circumstances are very similar in “real life.” We live in a world where tragic things happen all the time. Sometimes people do cruel and terrible things to others and there seems to be no justice. Some people live in fear and have no peace. People want to find “sanctuary.”

In the midst of all these horrible things, God is the refuge for all. In Him people can find peace, justice, strength, and life. God is like that house in the middle of “nowhere” but His shelter is permanent—a fortified fortress, an everlasting sanctuary.

If you want to “survive” and truly live, then turn to God. “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10, NLT).

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Conquer evil with Good

When I was five years old I saw a strange figure standing in the doorway of the bedroom that I shared with my younger brother. We had bunk beds and I was on the top bunk that faced the doorway.

I remember that the hallway light was on so I saw only the silhouette of this person. The figure carried a long sickle and was dressed in a hooded robe. It stood there for a while then pointed his finger at me as it held the sickle with the other hand. I got so scared that I hid under my blanket.

I told my mother about the incident in the morning, but no one else had seen it. The other occupants of our house (relatives and friends) said that in the past, they had heard footsteps when no one was there. One person said that she could hear voices when no one was there. Another lady said that she had felt someone push her into the stream in the backyard when no one was there.

When we first moved into our current house, we felt the need to go to each room and pray over it— the house had a “bad vibe.” Later, we found stashes of hard porn movies, paraphernalia, and porn magazines in the basement and attic. We threw them in a dumpster. The basement also had numerous dart holes and areas where someone had punched holes in the wall.

As I thought about all these occurrences, I was reminded of this Scripture verse: “…we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits…” (Eph 6:12).

Unfortunately, Satan and demons are real. Sadly, many people dismiss that fact, just like they dismiss the existence of God.

When we encounter evil, we must combat it with Good—“…Only God is truly good…” (Mark 10:18).

Only Spirit can fight spirit— “…put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil…” (Ephesians 6:13).

God promises the following:

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty…

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day… these evils will not touch you…

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you…

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go…

The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name…’” (Psalm 91:1, 5,7, 9-11, 14, NLT).

Whenever I am fearful, I remind myself that God is with me. Whenever I feel scared, I draw closer to Him— I cling to God’s Words and His promises. Most of all, I remember that He loves me and that He will not let any harm come to me.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti