I met a sweet older couple several weeks ago who were camping with my in-laws. In my conversation with them, I discovered how that they had survived the April 27th, 2011 tornadoes which struck central and northern Alabama. Living in Pleasant Grove (just west of Birmingham), they huddled in a storm shelter while these horrendous storms killed 243 Alabamians, including three of their acquaintances. To their credit, they had the storm shelter installed several years before because they knew their area historically was prone to dangerous storms or tornadoes. This decision subsequently saved their lives.
It is always wise to have a shelter when the storms come, a good physical structure in which to hide. Of course, this is applicable to all areas of life. A financial shelter is nice to provide when the income is low, some good friends to support you when you are down, and, even most importantly, a spiritual shelter to deal with matters of the heart.
Matthew 7:24-27 says, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
Clinging to the words of our Savior is the best shelter of all. No matter how vicious the storm, how frightening the destruction, "the steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You" (Isaiah 26:3).