I played hide and seek often with my three brothers and sisters as well as the various friends and cousins that migrated in and out of the house. I can remember hiding under beds, the back of closets, and even squeezing into cupboards or toy boxes in an effort to be the last one found.
Some days between parenting teens, cleaning, cooking, and running the race of church, music, and kids’ athletic schedules, I want to find a place to hide where no one is calling, “Mom, I need you to …..” I don’t think I’ll fit into cupboards and toy bins anymore though.
Yet there is a hiding place for me. A way to get away from it all and just be still. Be real. Be just me – a child of God.
Memorizing Scripture brings it so much more alive to me. I discover things I might have missed on a cursory reading. Recently, I’ve been working on Psalm 32. It talks about the joy of those whose sins are forgiven. David says he was weak and miserable when he tried to hide his sins, but when he confessed to God, he felt free.
Then he says this about God in verses seven and eight:
For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.”
God is my hiding place. He knows my sin, frustration, and fatigue from racing through life at a fast pace. He calls me to come to Him.
- Slow down.
- Sit in His presence.
- Confess my downfalls.
When I hide away with Him, He reminds me that He will do this in my life:
- Protect me from trouble.
- Surround me with songs of victory.
- Guide me on the best pathway for my life.
- Advise and watch over me.
Do you feel like running away and hiding today? Do you need any guidance on the best pathway for your life? As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection this weekend, take a few moments to run and hide. Get in His presence. Confess your sin and find freedom in forgiveness. Then hear God’s voice from Psalm 32 singing songs of victory over your life. Its what Easter really is all about – Victory and forgiveness of sin because of a risen Savior!