My HIDING PLACE FROM THE WIND

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

As part of my continuing Wonderful” series on the Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, here is today’s offering.

AN HIDING PLACE FROM THE WIND

And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind.—Isaiah 32:2

Standing one day on the deck of a steamer in the harbor at Aden, a traveler saw a storm of wind sweeping across the desert like some high, mountainous wave, rolling and sweeping forward until it struck the ships lying there at anchor, till nearly every boat was torn from its moorings or forced to loosen every cable and steam with full force into the face of the terrific wind. No hiding place was there. So do the storms of hate, of evil, and of sin sweep over our lives as we journey toward our everlasting home. But for every soul who knows his own helplessness, our Savior is Himself “AN HIDING PLACE FROM THE WIND.”

[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]

My thoughts

Since, then, you have been raised in Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. —Colossians 3:1-3

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.Psalm 119:114

What does it really mean to be hidden with Christ or think of Him as your hiding place? The word “hidden” means covered, concealed … in other words, safe. It means that this very day, I am safe in Jesus Christ’s arms as one of His very own children.

What a tremendous comfort! Especially when life throws us curve balls. So often we plan something only to find we don’t have enough energy. Or funds. Or time. Perhaps we’re in a deep depression or are suffering from pain so bad that we can only lie in bed and brood about how nothing about our life has any worth.

That’s how we start believing we’re not much good to ourselves or our loved ones.

Well, I’m here to tell you that God uses everything and everyone to His advantage, even those of us who feel we’re leading unproductive lives. My mother was a terrific example. For many years, she suffered from congestive heart failure with its associated complications. More than once, in the midst of yet another terrible bout of pneumonia, we were told she only had a couple more months to live. But she stayed with us for much longer than any doctor predicted, for about eleven years!

Mom raised up a family of five girls. She was always cooking or cleaning or doing laundry. But during her the last few years of her life, she had to learn to pace herself to get through her days. In fact, a lot of her time was spent in her recliner. And what did she do to keep busy even while resting? She prayed!

Mom was in constant communication with her Savior and found such complete comfort and strength in Him. She learned what it meant to “set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Her focus was on the eternal rather than the temporary as she purposely chose to cling to her heavenly hiding place. And God definitely continued to use her in spite of her limited physical abilities.

So take heart, Beloved. You are much more important to God than your particular set of circumstances. God can use you in your present situation to show His love to those around you… if you’ll only allow Him to be your hiding place.

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About Anna Popescu

I live in northern Arizona with my husband, Rick. I am blessed to say that Rick and I are at the bottom corners of a triangle where Jesus sits at the top corner. My children, Kathy & Alan, live in the Phoenix area and make this mom's heart thankful they have grown to be such wonderful and caring adults. Alan married in 2010, so I am also blessed with Denise as a special daughter-in-love. The Lord took my Mom home in 2007, and I miss her. My Dad and two sisters live in Florida while my two other sisters live in the Northeast. God has also blessed me and Rick with a local family of very close-knit friends. I love to write when I am able, but on the days when I am struggling with health issues and can't manage much of anything, I can at least crochet. These days I mainly crochet lapghans of various colors and sizes for area rehab centers and nursing homes.

Posted on June 13, 2012, in hiding place, wonderful and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. john christopher

    Excellent Anna, i loved this one!!!!

  2. Love this.

  3. Psalm 32:7-8 You are my hiding place; You will preserve me from trouble; You will compass me about with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.

    Those verses (along with John 10:28-29 which tells me I am DOUBLY secure, in the hands of Christ and in the hands of God and Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your Refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms) assure me that I am safe and secure, no matter the circumstances which might say otherwise. I am held tightly by One who will never let go.

    After 52 years of trusting Him, and never being disappointed, I cannot doubt.

    What an amazing God!

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