Hiding Place

by Cynthia Jennings on March 18, 2020
Do you remember playing hide and seek? My children and their friends played hide and seek not only in the house but around the entire block. I remember them hiding under beds, in closets, cabinets, trees, and under furniture in an effort to be the last to be found.

With all that is going on in our lives and in this world, if you are like me sometimes you want to find a place to run and hide, not due to fear {well, sometimes due to fear} but to quiet my mind from all of the noise. A place where there are no notifications and reminders sounding an alert on my phone or a calendar filled with things to do. A place where the mental hamster wheel inside my head isn’t spinning with information and things that need or should be done. Thinking back on all the places my children use to hide. I’m reminded I cannot not fit into those spaces…lol. Yet there is a hiding place for me that is better than any place my children use to hide, where I can get away from it all and just be still.

With the uncertainties currently in the land the words of David in Psalms 32 came to mind. David likely wrote these verses during the time he was on the run from Saul who was hunting him in order to kill him. He was hiding in caves, but he knew the true source of his safety was His God. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) people are deciding if they should or feel as they are forced to hide in their homes. As David referred to the Lord as his hiding place. We too should refer to and rely on The Lord as our hiding place, where we can get away from it all and just be still.

Just like God helped David when he was forced to run and hide, He longs to help us when we feel like we want to run and hide. The Lord is our hiding place! He knows our sins, frustrations, fears and fatigue from racing through life. He calls us to come to Him. When we hide away with and seek Him, it gives us a chance to slow down and sit in His presence where we can confess not only our sins and faults but our frustration, fears and any concerns. When we hide away and seek Him, He reminds us of His protection and guidance so we are able to sing songs of victory in spite of what transpires around us.

Do you feel like running and hiding today? I say run and hide! Enjoy hide and seek like children. But instead of running to a tangible hiding place run and seek to hide in the loving arms of Father God.

PEARLStoPONDER: When was the last time you played hide and seek?
Psalm 16:1-2-- Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

Psalm 27:5-- For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Psalm 32:7-8--- You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. SelahI will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Isaiah 41:10-- fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

John 16:33-- I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
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