Hide & Seek

“You can go to God Most High to hide. You can go to God All-Powerful for protection. I say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in you.” Psalm 91:1-2 ERV

There are days when I just want to hide! Go away and not tell anyone where I’m going or what I’m doing, just hide. I’m sure we’ve all felt like that or perhaps you feel like that right now. Those feelings are valid and undeniable. They come at different times of our lives, when we’re frustrated, lonely or even when we’ve been in an unusually long battle.

But I’ve noticed that those feelings come the strongest when I’m not ‘hiding’ in who God is. When I try to do it all by myself and when I can’t, I feel like such a failure. Long ago, I had this feeling, like I was a full time mom, wife, employee, lay leader, rescuer, trying to be all things to all people all the time and it was exhausting! But then I discovered the best hiding place! It was with my Father, hidden in the knowledge of who He is and what He can and will do on my behalf.

What a great place! The coolest thing is, no matter where I am in the world, I can snuggle up to Him and sense His great big arms around me, carrying me when I’m just to weary to do it on my own. Protecter, Provider, Defender, Healer, Deliverer, Strength, Peace-giver, all wrapped up in that knowledge. I just don’t have to worry about anything because He’s promised to take care of me.

What a perfect Father! It’s like being hungry and finding money hidden in my pocket. It’s like being pulled out of the path of a train, or getting an extended arm when I’m close to drowning. I love having knowledge of who God is and what He’s capable of. Daily I will magnify His name and exalt Him with my life.

Verses 14-16 ends the Psalm like this: The Lord says, “If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help. When my followers call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them when they are in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save.” I’m hiding and He knows where to find me.

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