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.]
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.