Hiding in the Shadows
"For in the day of trouble he [God] will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock."1
"In the movie, 'The Bear,' a bear cub whose mother died took up with a male bear. They traveled together. One of my favorite parts happened when they got separated and the little bear came upon a mountain lion. When the mountain lion came at the cub he stood up trying to scare it away. The mountain lion all of a sudden started backing away. The little bear cub thought he had scared him away but what had really happened was that the big bear came up behind the little bear. It wasn't the cub but the big bear that frightened the lion away. We may not look very frightening [to our enemy, the devil] but we have a Father that is all powerful [standing behind us]"2
For example: in the following poem, "Hide-and-Seek," I have written:
"Sometimes it seems that life / makes little or no sense / as we wander blind searching for a ray of light / to lead us to the truth / or to a God who isn't there. / But if we will stand still and / listen with our heart we will / hear a rustling in the leaves, feel the brush of angel's wings, / and sense the presence of a loving / Father playing hide-and-seek, waiting patiently / wanting us to find him."3
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that when I commit and trust my life and way to You on a daily basis, You are always present to be my guide and help—regardless of whether I feel Your presence or not. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Psalm 27:5 (NIV).
2. Sharon Stonestreet on www.SermonCentral.com.
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