November 24, 2012

Hidden By Design

 The other day I was reflecting on Psalm 32:7 which says:

" You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah."  

When I am lonely or afraid the Bible encourages me to hide in the Lord.  As a single woman who has never been married there are times when I feel very lonely and afraid.  Not because I don't have any family or friends but because I don't have the assurance of knowing there will be a man in my life who will watch over me.

And then I realize that even if I were married, that doesn't mean my husband would always be around for me.  No one can fill my loneliness or sooth all my fears but God.  Its true that I may never marry and have the security of being cared for by a husband but God has provided for all my needs so far.  I have no reason to believe He will stop.

God reminded me that sometimes it is necessary to spend extra time with Him and to "hide" my heart in His hands.  I find myself recommitting my life, my future, and my desires to Him during those times.  And when I do he reveals His truth to me in new ways.

For instance, God made a point of showing me recently that sometimes hidden things are meant to be that way by design.  Just like a secret room is meant to be hidden.  Just like a smartphone hides all of its sensitive inner parts between its outer shell.

Hiddeness, when understood and used correctly, can actually improve our lives.  It can protect, restore, inspire, and enhance who and what we are.

I say this because we tend to think that hiding ourselves is a negative thing.  I suppose in one sense this is true because we tend to hide from danger.  But at the same time we can also think of hiding ourselves as an excuse to not engage with the world around us.  It could be seen as a sign of weakness by others.

Of course there needs to be a balance.  But at least for me, hiding myself is not easy.  I tend to try and work things out by myself.  I mean our culture is all about self sufficiency.  Society prizes the individuals who don't need to lean on anyone's shoulder.

I think this is sad.  I think this is wrong.  I think this because it fosters pride in self.  It proclaims that self sufficient individuals don't need anyone or anything.  We are our own god. How wicked that thinking can be.  In fact it was the very thing Satan believed of himself before his fall from glory.

God is teaching me that I was meant to remain hidden in Him.  This was His design for me and all of His children.
" For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."
~ Colossians 3:3  

When I have difficult days I try to surround myself with things that remind me of God and His goodness to me.  Things like music.  Below is a song entitled, You Are My Hiding Place.  Its a new spin on a well-known worship song.  This version is performed by Chill Cafe and is from their album, Hiding Place.  May it be a blessing to you today.


Rachel @myheartsmission said...

Thank you for sharing this song- and also for sharing about the struggle of loneliness and waiting for a husband.
I am sure that your testimony and openness can and will bless other women who are also waiting and praying for that spouse they hope for someday.
Glad I stopped by- God bless you.

Stephanie said...

Thank you for this encouraging post - I was very blessed when I read it. This was a very good reminder to hide in my precious Lord and Savior. Thank you for sharing, my friend!


joy said...

Awakening and enlightning post! Thanks dear:)

BelovedBomber said...

I have kept things hidden before but hiding in the Lord is a wonderful place of peace. Thanks for sharing - a great reminder for me!


Rachel: Thank you for visiting. It is my prayer that what I share on this blog can be a blessing and encouragement to others. :)

joy: I'm glad it was a blessing to you.

BelovedBomber: Exactly! It is a place of wonderful peace. The storms of life can't touch us when we hide in God. :)

Denise said...

Very encouraging.

Jenny said...

I love the picture. Lovely words.

morgan. said...

thank you for stopping by my blog - you are so encouraging & i will definitely be following :)

~The Keller Girls~ said...

Thanks for the sweet comment you left on our blog! Your blog is so encouraging! We are looking forward to getting to know you more!
Thanks for following our blog!
God Bless!
~The Keller Girls~


Denise: Praise the Lord! I'm so glad. :D

Jenny: I sure wouldn't mind a secret room like that one. ;) Thank you.

morgan: You are very welcome and I look forward to your visits.

The Keller Girls: I am so thankful that God can use me to encourage others. Welcome and blessings to you both. :)

Piano Bookworm said...

Thank you for following my blog! I really appreciate it and your comment was very encouraging.

Piano Bookworm

Jenna Condon said...

How awesome :))))))) Please come follow my blog too.

p.s. i am ur newest follower


Piano Bookworm: You are very welcome.

Jenna Condon: You have a beautiful blog. I am happy to follow. :)

MariaSelf said...

this is very powerful...

Lacey said...

Hey there, just found your blog and I love it. Thank you for this inspiring post! I can totally identify with what you wrote about.

I am your newest follower!


MariaSelf: I'm praising the Lord for all the good He is doing in the lives of the readers who come to visit.
Blessings to you.

Lacey: Welcome!

Tracy said...

Hi Sincerity, firstly thank you for linking up at Winsome Wednesday, because now I have found you. I have no doubt in my mind that someone out there needed to read your post today. I know it will bless.
God bless


Tracy: Thank you! I'm glad you found me too. :) God bless.

Lauren Davenport said...

Beautiful post. I really like your blog :)

Sateigdra L Knowles said...

I have hidden your words in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

It's great that while we're hiding in Him, His words can be hidden in us that we might not sin against Him. Hidden by Design. Great story,I enjoyed reading.