God and Roofs

When I was a little girl we lived in a house with less-than-quality skylights. We used to have to run around with pots and buckets to try to catch the drips from the roof whenever it rained. We little kids thought it was a fun game. After the storm, my father climbed onto the roof to fix the leaks.

And in later years, my husband and I have experienced drips of rain inside our camping tents when we’ve failed to set up the fly over the tent properly. Makes for a miserable night.

Recently, our neighborhood has been overtaken by roofers. Seems like every other house on my street is getting a new roof.

It’s hard to concentrate what with all the pounding and whacking on either side of our house. In another week, workers will replace our roof, as well.

A roof isn’t something you think about too much. Until there’s a problem, like a bad hail storm.

Then you realize how miserable it can get if water splats from your ceiling onto your furniture or a small leak trickles down and begins to rot your interior walls.

I’m glad those roofer guys know all of their roofing materials, how to demolish the old roof, how to measure and plot the amount of new roofing stuff, how to lay it out and secure it, and seal any places where the elements could seep in.

God’s like that, too. He constructs a roof over the heads of his children. A roof that’s strong and sea-worthy. But this roof will never need to be replaced.

It doesn’t mean that we won’t ever face hardships or challenges. But the spiritual covering remains secure. God will never remove his hand of protection and provision. Even when the feeble physical tent of our bodies wears down, God’s “roof” is still in place.

All last week as I prepared for the Thanksgiving festivities, the constant ruckus of the roofers continued to remind me about the never-ending work of God on our behalf.


There’s another kind of roof that I also thank God for: His constant cover of spiritual protection. Just knowing that wherever I am is never beyond God’s watch. Even when I’ve faced emotional or physical hardships, the Lord has promised He will never leave me or forsake me.

His roof over me is secure and will never need to be replaced. Thank You, Lord, for my roof!

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust. (Psalm 91: 1,2 NIV Bible)

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