You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
Do you ever just want to run away and hide? Hide from all the pressures of life…people…responsibilities? I do. At least, sometimes.
But, then, God reminds me that often my feelings of wanting to run away and hide come as a result of my own skewed thinking that believes (or at least acts as if) I’m more in control than I truly am…or that I am somehow more important or more powerful than I truly am. Or my feelings of wanting to run away and hide may come because I think something that I am suffering is unjust and unfair…and I just plain don’t want to deal with it—whether it is an illness or a death of someone I love…or a heart-breaking, confusing personal relationship…or a job market which offers no real security and very little financial stability.
Many circumstances and relationships may make us want to run away and hide because of the amount of sheer pressure we feel. And getting away from the stress—or at least some of the stessors—for some of the time can be a very good and wise thing.
But! How good and peaceful, strengthening and renewing is the truth that our God is our Hiding Place. No matter what trouble may surround us or come full force into our lives. As God’s loved and precious children, we don’t ever need to run away…we just need to run into the arms of our ABBA.
There we are protected from all that would threaten, hurt and destroy us. In our ABBA’s arms we can hide. In our ABBA’s arms we can rest quietly, right in the midst of turmoil, and sing songs of deliverance with awe, joy and thanksgiving. Because we trust the love we know in our ABBA’s arms.
No matter what you may be going through, or what you may want to run away from and hide, remember to run to the true source of peace, strength and renewal. We each need to choose to run into our ABBA’s arms…run to our God who is the Hiding place for our very souls.
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane