Words from the Heart for Thursday January 26th, 2017
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 17:8 (NLT)
Hidden In The Shadows
The instant we sense something coming at us we will leap out of the way. At other times we instinctively put up our arm and hand to cover our eyes. We have the assurance to know that the Lord not only watches over us but He also guards us in the same protective ways. He never leaves us to figure things out for ourselves. When we have committed to following Him, He will be that place of protection we need.
A 58-year-old man from Wisconsin has been charged after allegedly trying to sneak across the Canadian border by hiding in the back of a pickup truck under camping supplies. The man was found by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers on June 13, 2016 as the vehicle tried to enter Manitoba at the Sprague border crossing. Sprague is the easternmost port of entry in southern Manitoba, located along Highway 12, about 150 kilometers from Winnipeg. Officials with CBSA allege the man hid under a tent, a cooler and some bags in the rear of a pickup truck. It wasn’t clear at the time of the arrest if the driver of the truck was aware of the stowaway in the back of his truck. The man who was allegedly hiding is charged with failing to appear for border officers and willful evasion of compliance.
When the problems of life seem overwhelming, the most natural response is to go to bed and pull up the covers over our head, hoping that the problems will all go away. We want to hide from our problems. But there is a much better way of dealing with the challenges of life and King David tells us that that is. In Psalm 17:8 he writes “Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.” David knew that when life got difficult, the Lord was his hiding place. God doesn’t have wings, of course. The Bible says that God is Spirit. But it often uses human terms to describe the indescribable God. And so David writes that God hides him in the shadow of His wings. By faith, David placed himself under the protection and care of the God who had proved over and over to provide all that he needed for safety from spiritual and physical enemies. We can do the same thing. Over and over the Lord calls us to cast all our anxiety and care upon Him because He cares for us. It is natural for people to need a place to run and hide. There is only one place of total peace and protection, and that is the loving care of the God who created you and has revealed Himself to you in the person of Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.