Deep in the Arabian Desert is a small fortress called Qasr Azraq (pictured). It stands silently on the vast expanse of the ageless desert. Thomas Edward Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” often used it.
Though the fortress was unpretentious, it was most sufficient. Its primary commendation was its security. When under attack, often by superior forces, Lawrence could retreat to the fortress. When he entered, the resources of the fortress became his. The food and water which were stored there were life supporting. The strength of the fort became the strength of its occupants. When Lawrence defended it, it defended him. As one relying on the garrison, he was the object of its protection. Its strength was his.
Old desert dwellers living around there say that Sir Lawrence felt confident and secure within its walls. On occasion he had to depend on the fort for protection and sustenance. It provided his need. He learned to trust it. His experience proved its worth.
Like that fort, “The Lord is good, indeed, He is a fortress in time of distress and He protects those who seek refuge in Him” (Nah. 1:7). Through prayer we enter the fortress of God, where life sustaining resources are ours, and we take refuge in His protection.