Five Minute Friday Challenge
When I was little, I would climb on my bed, get under my covers and proclaim to my parents I was hiding and to come and find me. They would search and call for me, pretending they didn't know where I was. All along they could see the big lump in my bed, so they knew where I was, but I didn't know that, because I couldn't see them. Then they would come and yank the covers off and I'd be "found". After this game, it was time for bed. Some nights, Dad would tuck the covers around me like a cocoon and I'd feel safe.
Sometimes, I feel like God is hiding, because I can't see Him. However, is it truly because I can't see Him; or am I not even looking for Him? Is my head "under the covers" of fear or doubt? Am I hiding because I don't want Him to find out? Well, just as my parents could see the "lump" in the bed, Jesus can see the "lump" in my heart or mind and is waiting for me to come to Him so He can do the healing.
“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear." Matthew 11:28-30 (TPT)
I'm so thankful that I don't need to hide from God, but He hides me in Himself. He is my shelter in the midst of the fear and the doubt and the circumstances that come against me.
"Lord, you are my secret hiding place, protecting me from these troubles, surrounding me with songs of gladness! Your joyous shouts of rescue release my breakthrough. (Selah-Pause in His presence)" Psalm 32:7 (TPT)
"You’re my place of quiet retreat, and your wraparound presence becomes my shield as I wrap myself in your Word!" Psalm 119:114 (TPT)
He may not cover me with a blanket, but the feathers of His wings provide shelter in the midst of the storm.
"He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection." Psalm 91:4 (NLT)
I also like how the Passion Translation of this same verse reads:
"His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm."
Are you hiding from Jesus today? Won't you come out from under the covers and let Him be your cover, your refuge? He will find you and hold you in His loving, strong arms.
This post was prompted by Kate Motaung's "Five Minute Friday," which she hosts on the Five Minute Friday website. Kate posts a single word each week and each blogger sets a timer for 5 minutes to write and then posts, with little editing. (Some weeks I have more trouble with that part than others.) Check out the other writers this week!