NO SHAME IN HIDING
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Psalm 119:114
A successful hiding place is one that is never found. I can go there, tuck myself in, hear the voices of others looking for me, but rest securely in perfect concealment. When others chase us down, God promises a place of refuge, a hiding place like a cave or den. This is a place I can go, internally, to ride out the storm of others’ advances. The hunt doesn’t have to be just physical, it can be emotional, even spiritual.
David’s enemies didn’t perceive his spiritual hiding place when they said, “There is no help for him in God.” Psalm 3:2 They took stock of their prowess, the physical odds stacked against him, and declared early victory. Just because they couldn’t see God, they concluded that He was an illusion.
Moses had the armies of Egypt after him, yet he moved the children of Israel out of slavery because he put his faith in an invisible God. “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:27
My hiding place is an internal resting place. It is a place of words; scripture which reminds me of my cherished position, scripture which gives me a cushion of grace and poise in the midst of the storm. It is also a place where I tuck myself in under the wings of my Father and press in closely to hear His voice. It may just be a series of “I’m here. Don’t be afraid.”
There is much that threatens in this world, much to undo the bravest of the brave. To need a refuge is to be human, not divine. I may go there during the throes of an earthquake or hide there when the barbs of a friend lay me low. To ignore my need of shelter is deny myself a place to regain strength, to restore my youth, and to protect my childlike trust.
You provide your children with a place to belong, a place for rest and comfort, a place to regain lost strength. It’s real and always waiting for me. Amen