“You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance”
We all need a place in which to hide –a place where we can deal with the pain, the hurt, the failures, the rejection, the loneliness and the shame that is a part of our lives. It is a place where we can look at the reality of our emotions and lives, and where we can bring them into the open without facing further hurt and humiliation.
What God offers us though is not just a place in which to lie and lick our wounds but something far more meaningful and precious as well. He offers us Himself as that hiding place – safe and secure, strong and gentle, patient, forgiving and very loving. And it is there that we can find the warm smile, the everlasting arms, the strongly beating heart, the gentle cleansing breath and the tender, loving glance of the Father.
He is not offering us just safety from the trials and tribulations of the world, and from our own failures and sins. He is offering us something far more important. That is a place where the essential ‘me’ can be safe, where it cannot be harmed but nourished and developed, and where to find the forgiveness and love that sets us free both now and forever. It is a place to which – or rather to Whom – we can withdraw at any time for counsel, encouragement and refreshment, before we stand up for ‘another go at life.’ It is a place of unconditional love as well as guidance and strength.
God has this in mind when He says,
- “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
Develop the habit of withdrawing into the presence of God to open your heart to Him and to listen in the quietness – and sometimes to the embracing silence.
Father I come to You with my pain and my joy, my hurts and my fears. Please cleanse, heal and embrace me in Your love and strengthen me to walk on with You. Amen.