Hide and seek
blanket-forts in the living room
play houses out back
Forts in the desert
Do you have a hide-out?
Somewhere you go to disappear when the going gets rough?
We all have them.
When I was a kid, hiding out was all about fun.
As I got older it was about seeking safety and security on my terms.
What I found out every time was...
my feelings of "safety" were short lived
they are hard to maintain
hide-outs eventually fall down
others sneak in and intrude when not invited
Although I found these things out while growing up,
as an adult I continued to attempt to create the perfect "Hide-Out".
When I was in college it was our family's camp trailer.
It was parked at the side of the house.
I would plug in to the electricity and stay out there for hours,
studying, journaling, napping.
It was my own little escape from the world.
When I got married, it became a little harder.
I was sharing space with my husband,
who did not understand my version of hiding-out
(I didn't understand his either).
He did not get it and often pursued me,
wondering what I was doing and why.
I could not explain that I needed to create my own safe place.
When I had little ones, the bathroom or my closet was my only hide-out.
Even then, there were knocks on the door from little feet wanting to join my club.
I never gave them the pass-word.
As I have grown older, my "Hide-Outs" have become more subversive.
Like in my head, if you know what I mean.
I check-out mentally when the going gets tough.
I hibernate at home or at my parents' cabin.
I look the same, but I have retreated to my "Hide-out".
What twisted thinking,
to think I could possibly create a place
that would protect me,
The longer I try to do this,
the farther I get from the best hide-out ever created.
There is only one place that could possibly meet
all the specifications for a perfect"Hide-out".
There are blue prints available upon request.
I have to say, I am so glad to have come across them.
Everything I have created on my own turned out to be made of
inferior materials and the plans never quite worked out.
In Exodus 33:18-23, Moses prays to God that He will show him His glory.
God grants his request, with conditions.
God tells Moses that he can not see His face or he would die.
Then God does a wonderful thing.
He creates a "Hide-Out" for Moses.
This is not just any old hide-out,
this is the perfect hide-out.
In verse 21-23 God says,
"Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock;
and it will come about, while My glory is passing by,
that I will put you in the cleft of the rock
and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.
Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back,
but My face shall not be seen."
Can you even imagine God making a safe place to stand?
In His presence
It takes my breath away.
There are other examples as well..
In Thee, O Lord, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed;
In Thy righteousness deliver me. Incline Thine ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be Thou to me a rock of strength, a stronghold to save me.
For Thou art my rock and my fortress;
For Thy name's sake Thou wilt lead me and guide me.
Thou art my hiding place; Thou dost preserve me from trouble;
Thou dost surround me with songs of deliverance.
Psalm 71: 1-8
In Thee, O Lord, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed.
In Thy righteousness deliver me, and rescue me;
Incline Thine ear to me, and save me.
Be Thou to me a rock of habitation, to which I may continually come;
Thou hast given commandment to save me,
For Thou art my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man,
For Thou art my hope; O Lord God, Thou art my confidence from my youth.
By Thee I have been sustained from my birth;
Thou art He who took me from my mother's womb;
My praise is continually of Thee.
I have become a marvel to many; For Thou art my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with Thy praise, And with Thy glory all day long.
Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Thy word.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.
So, let me get this straight:
The hide-out created by God is
- Made from a Rock with a spot in it big enough for me that He will personally cover with His Hand.
- It is a strong refuge
- I can live there
- I am always welcome there
- It is a fortress against my enemies
- It is the perfect hiding place
- It is protected by the best security system around
- It has a tower!!!
- It is safe
Most important, the three word pass-code...
I have to be righteous to gain entrance to the hide-out
It is the best Hide-Out there is.
Don't you want one?