The name of the Lord is a strong tower.

Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.


This photograph is from a series of pictures entitled ‘La Jument’ taken by the photographer Jean Guichard during a storm in 1989 off the coast of Brittany, France. A group of lighthouse keepers were seeking refuge in the towers lantern away from the terrifying storm which posed great threat to their lives and was destroying everything in its path.

As Jean Guichard’s helicopter approached the tower to photograph the event he was unaware that the keepers were waiting for a rescue helicopter. One of the keepers Théodore Malgorne, heard the sound of the helicopter and naturally assumed it was the rescue helicopter. He opened the lower door of the structure and as he looked up at the helicopter and realized that it was not the rescue chopper, he also realized that a giant wave was about to engulf the tower. He immediately turned around and pulled the door closed behind him. Had he not done so at that second, he surely would have been killed.

Just like the lighthouse protected the keeper from the raging storm, God is a lighthouse to his children. We can run into his loving arms and find shelter and safety. Whatever we face….no matter how fierce the storm is or how dull the outcome looks we will always find shelter in Him. God alone is the one place of safety for his children.

The ‘name of the Lord’ suggests EVERYTHING about his very being, there is not one single aspect of God which can fail us. When trouble does come, we are not to attempt to solve anything in our own strength, we are to ‘run’ as the verse says with our trouble and pour out our complaints and worrys into Gods listening ear. We are to put God between ourselves and our trouble.

So… when the storms rage- hold fast. hold onto the one un-changing, faithful and all loving God who has promised that we WILL find safety and security in Him.


  1. May I paint this for a boy in my youth group? It is really nice and I think he would like it. He’s having a birthday and I don’t have money to get him a gift. Or if not, I will just use ideas from this picture. 🙂 Thank you for the beautiful photography.

    • Hello Susannah, this is not actually my photograph, it is by by Jean Guichard and part of a beautiful series of photographs. So yes, you are able to use it!

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