Do you ever wish you had a secret hiding place? Somewhere to go and get away from the responsibilities and stresses of life? On those traffic jam, late-to-work, bill-paying, grocery-shopping, stop at-the-doctor’s-office-days? Wouldn’t a secret place to go and hide be wonderful?
Scripture calls God our hiding place.
David had much bigger problems than mine when he wrote Psalm 17. He was surrounded by enemies, and he prayed desperately:
“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 17:8)
I’m not facing a life-threatening situation like David was, but to get ready for each day, I need time in my secret hiding place with God. My living room couch becomes my special hideout. I read scripture, think about the day ahead, and spend time journaling or praying. (These days I’m having fun and gaining insight into God’s Word by coloring up my Bible and doodling in it with colored pencils.)
Have you taken time to rest in His hiding place today? As you spend time with God, He’ll remind you of two things:
You’re the apple of His eye:
You’re His treasure, his prized possession. Think about how important your own eyes are to you. Wouldn’t you do anything possible to take care of them? That’s how God prizes you. He’ll care for you. You are safe, guarded, and kept in His love.
You’re hidden in the shadow of His wings:
Doesn’t shade provide blessed relief from the burning sun on a scorching day? God hides us under His shadow. What secure place to be. In the shadow of His wings, we find:
- Rest when we’re tired
- Refreshment for our souls
- Encouragement from His Word
- Love to fill our hearts
- Peace in all circumstances
- Joy in the midst of trial
- Strength for our day
The best thing about our hiding place in God is that it follows us into our busy days. We’re kept under the shadow of His wings. We easily forget, but even on the busiest days, a five minute break to rest again in His hiding place works wonders for a tired or stressed soul.
And on those days when morning time with God just isn’t part of our reality? He’s always waiting for us to check into our Hiding Place, even for a few minutes, anytime we want.
Now it’s your turn: Where’s your favorite place to get away with God for a while?