(You may wish to play as you read.)
“1-2-3-4…60! One minute! Ready or not, here I come!”
The expert Hider finds “the spot,” breathes lightly, and remains hidden, while “IT” searches rigorously. Hider waits patiently and quietly. The preferred outcome is for “IT” to give up and “the spot” to remain unknown. “The spot” then remains a secret place for refuge during the favored game.
More than a simple game of hide-and-seek, life requires that we take shelter. Storms rage..tsunamis of spiritual woes on account of sin, whirlwinds of bereavements and temporal losses, quaking from enemy attacks of taunting, threats, slander and other persecutions, hurricanes of common stressors, and countless mysterious tempests.
And where rests our hiding place? The Lord Jesus Christ alone is our Hiding Place.
Jesus is an inviting shelter. Protector. Deliver. Conqueror. Shield. Refuge.
Our glorified and risen Savoir weathered the storm of the punishment for sin. He took the pelts of hail, the bolts of lightening, the sting and heat of the sandstorm of the desert upon Calvary. As Charles Spurgeon states, the Man Christ hid us from the penalty of our transgressions “by being weather-beaten Himself.”
David cried, “Save me from my enemies, LORD; I run to you to hide me.” Psalm 143:9
And so, we must cry, “Hide me LORD!” For it is under the shadow of His wings that we may find clear skies of joy and peace.
Enter the hiding place of Jesus Christ! Do more than hear of it, talk of it, and wish of it. Receive His refuge. In the midst of a tornado, would we stand and stare in the open or would we take shelter in low ground? Through the eye of a hurricane, would we run into the calm for the back end of the storm to pelt us, or would we seek the most stable and secure fortress available?
Spurgeon further states, “A shelter is nothing if we stand in front of it. The main thought with many a would-be-Christian is his own works, feelings, and attainments: this is to stand on the windy side of the wall by putting self before Jesus. Our safety lies in getting behind Christ, in letting him stand in the wind’s eye. We must be altogether hidden, or Christ cannot be our hiding place.”
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
Dear Lord, please enable me to take refuge in the safety of Your wings. Hide me in the shelter of Your embrace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Moment by Moment in Jesus,