Monday, April 28, 2008

My Hiding Place

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7 (NIV)

When I stepped onto my patio one particular morning with my camera in hand, I turned my head and looked right into the eyes of this baby mockingbird hiding in my yellow rosebush. It was perfectly camouflaged and stared at me without blinking or moving. I quickly took a picture, bent down to make sure the little bird wasn’t stuck or harmed. It flopped into the mulch below. After squawking and fluttering its wings, it took off across the yard with both parents in tow. I smiled, watching until they were out of sight, then thanked God for sharing such a special moment with me. I can still feel the wonder of suddenly finding that baby bird. It was like being let in on a secret just between God and me. He’s let me have similar experiences—some of which I’ll post later. I want you to feel the wonder of it, too.

Spending time with God renews our souls and minds, and if we would let Him lead us in our walk with Him, He will reveal wonderful things—things that He knows will delight us. Because we are hidden in Christ, we can live freely and without fear. His hiding place is not restrictive like a rosebush, but a spacious place free from restriction. (Job 36:16) He welcomes all to come in and find rest.

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