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You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Psalm 32:7 (NIV)
Childhood memories of hide-and-seek tip-toe in my mind. Hiders scattered with high hopes of finding the perfect spot.
Stumbling upon a nook or refuge offering the ultimate in concealment were rare treasures.
It brought calm assurance. A certainty of winning the game. And to make it safely back to home base.
As the seeker came near, I froze in an effort to curtail my breathing, not moving a single muscle.
“Come out, found you.”
In the same way, life often calls to me. “Come out, found you.”
Frozen in place, my emotions and heart felt tender as the hard parts of life found me again and again. A lost job brought financial stress. Church ministry struggled through a difficult season.
And loved ones wrestled with illness, suffering, heartbreaks, and tough times.
The good things in life failed to search for me—find me. Aspirations and dreams glittered for others. So, stained by discouragement, my spirit no longer soared.
I hoped to hide where life didn’t find me. But hardships swaggered upon each hiding place as unwelcome guests.
Frustration filled my mind as I questioned the Lord during the brokenness. God, where are you? I’m weary. Disappointment is surrounding me on every side with nowhere to run and no safe place to hide.
Yet, God wants me to come to Him. Find Him. To lay the tough questions before Him. To beg Him for compassion and mercy.
I’m learning to listen. Because His Word has a lot to say about His hide-and-seek guidelines, like in our focal passage and this verse.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6 ESV).
Life smirks, “Ready or not, here I come.”
Still, I’ve stumbled upon a refuge offering the ultimate concealment in the midst of life’s hurts. It’s the perfect spot for hiders.
A secret place bringing calm assurance of a rare treasure—Jesus is mine.
And the Lord surrounds me with shouts of deliverance.
I’m here. Your shelter and your strength. Seek me and find me.
Lord, This world’s not my home. Your mercy hides me. When trouble surrounds me, bring me back to home base as I seek You and find You. Amen.