Seeking Refuge

“But if the manslayer at any time goes outside the limits of the city of refuge where he fled,
and the avenger of blood finds him outside the limits of his city of refuge, and the avenger kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood because he should have remained in his city of refuge . . .” Numbers 35:26-28

Six cities of refuge were provided for those who accidentally killed someone. If they didn’t seek refuge there, then they would be in danger of being killed as well.

Lord Jesus, thank You for being my Refuge and High Tower, the only place where I am safe and saved from the death of my sins. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Safe Refuge

As hungry deer
walk the streets at midnight
and the one-eared cat
nervously eats
I run to You
for safe refuge
staying within the sound
of Your heart’s beat.


  1. Oh wow.
    I really feel like that one eared cat sometimes.
    Refuge is good 🙂

  2. All these years and I never made the connection between the Cities of Refuge and Christ. 😳

  3. He was out on the porch again this morning. He’s feral, so takes off if I even look at him. Wish I could provide more of a refuge, but I guess that’s what Jesus is for. 😉 God bless you and yours as you take refuge in Him today!

  4. I love the oops face. ha! Sometimes I make connections that maybe shouldn’t be!! God bless you and keep you safe today!

  5. I never made that connection either. This is a powerful poem. 🙂


  6. Deb, The connection between the cities of refuge and Christ is definitely one that should be made! Thank you for this post. It is wonderful to know that we have our refuge in Christ and Christ alone. We have only one, and not six, but that’s okay because the One is greater than any earthly refuge could be.

    I must admit, I had never consciously made this connection from Numbers to Christ either, but as I read the verse at the beginning of your post somehow I knew where you were going! Probably because you so wonderfully always lead us to Jesus! 🙂 Peace, Linda

  7. Thanks Deb,

    Add me to the list – I didn’t make that connection either!

    God bless you for bringing His words ‘simply’ profoundly.

    Thankful I can run to Him – one eared or one-legged. John 6:37 – Message Version “Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go”


  8. You would set me straight wouldn’t you, oh woman of the word, if I mess up here??? Please? I’m counting on you wise ones to help me out. 🙂
    God bless you and be your everything today. thinking of you with love and prayers!

  9. Okay . . .now I’m going to cry. It kind of goes with the boundaries thing, doesn’t it, the way they had cities to be safe in . . .but probably not everyone did go there or stay there. And we have a Strong Savior to live within and be saved in, but not everyone wants to go to Him, wants to stay with Him. Do you think this reflects more of the pride issue you were talking about?
    God bless you, Linda, and encourage you the way you always do me. It makes me cry!

  10. Oh rescued and full of grace . . .i LOVE John 6:37 in the Message version!!! Wow! That makes me cry too. I’m just a mess here tonight. Thank you so much! God bless you and your willingness to run to Him everyday, all the time.

  11. I do my share of messing up.

    But I find nothing messy at your blog! 🙂


  12. This has strong imagery, Deb! I saw the deer stalking the streets at night, and the description of the cat unsettles me. But we find our haven, don’t we, in the arms of the Lord. Running – you know how I run. I really like the last line, “staying within the sounds of Your heart’s beat.” Thank you for these words!

  13. I love you running with God! 🙂 I’ll always remember that when I write about running now. Oh . . . a friend sent me a re-written story of the footprints story today. This telling showed Jesus footprints, large and steady and then the person’s going all over the place. Then they slowly came along side those of Jesus, then inside His footprints. But at the end, the footprints went back to zig-zagging all over the place. The man asked Jesus what happened at the end, did he regress and fall away from walking with Him? And Jesus tells him no . . .that is where they were dancing. 🙂 God bless you as you dance with Him!

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