Years ago, my husband and I became foster parents. We strived to meet the needs of a young child, providing a safe home and loving environment. We put together a kid-friendly bedroom and gathered clothes, toys, and school supplies. We helped her with homework and I spent hours on weekends learning how to do her hair that was much different than mine.
Isaiah 32:2 says, “Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.” Some commentators interpret this verse as describing how the kings of Israel were to care for God’s people.
But I think we can apply it for today. We can view it as encouraging believers to reach out and care for those in need, being a reflection of Jesus.
Look around. There are a lot of storms people are going through right now. Housing problems, financial troubles, health issues, loneliness, and feeling overwhelmed are a few of the obvious ones.
As we look to Jesus as our protector and refuge in storms, may we be that to others. Perhaps we can provide shelter or be a wind break. Provide a meal or cool drink.
Jesus’ half-brother, James, reminded believers that, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).
Though we only had that one foster child for only a few months, it made a difference for that one. We can all make a difference for someone.