Hiding From God

I don’t know about you, but to me, some days are just harder than others. Every line I’m in somehow has the longest wait. My car is in the shop. Again. (No kidding, it really is in the shop for the second time in three months. Oy!) I get tired and cranky from all the disappointments and broken plans, and all I really want to do is sit by myself, close my eyes, and hope Calgon takes me away.

Life is like that. Plans change, rain falls and stuff breaks. Like the time I was cooking some ground turkey in the deep sauce pan, and somehow managed to drop the glass lid onto the floor. My kitchen floor is ceramic tile, so guess who won that match-up? Shards of glass exploded out of the lid, sliding all over the kitchen floor. Sigh.

Or the time I was playing at my friend’s house when I was in grammar school. After a rollicking game of badminton, we threw down our racquets to head to the house for a snack. Not looking where I was going, I stepped squarely on the racquet handles, cracking two of them clean through.

When bad things happen, it makes us all want to step into a concrete bunker, close the door, and hide from the world. The thicker the walls the better. No one can get to us there – and we can’t possibly break anything in there either. Surrounded by our thick walls, we’ll be safe from disappointing anyone, especially ourselves.

Setbacks in life can not only make us want to hide physically, but spiritually too. We know we shouldn’t get so frustrated by life, but somehow irritation has become a default button. We don’t want the Father to see us this way…so we hide. Feeling too mad or sad to pray, barriers begin going up around our souls. Maybe now we can mope in private, unseen by anyone, including God.

But there’s hope for anyone who find themselves a prisoner of emotions. Just as a father calmly sits down next to his child sulking in the time-out chair, our heavenly Father quietly walks effortlessly right past our defenses. There is no wall or fence that can hold him back from his beloved child. To him, we are his cherished little ones, and no mere concrete barrier will keep him from us.

Even if we are tightly wrapped up in our emotions, he can set us free. Our Father comes to sit close, to wrap us in his embrace, and to start pouring out his healing love and renewing grace. Finally free of negative feelings, we can leap into his arms.

It’s such a comfort to know that although we may try to hide from God, he has no interest in us staying hidden. As long as we want to be his, he won’t hold back.

He comes without delay, his tender devotion ready to soothe and heal. And then, we can begin again, wrapped in the light of his love.

 

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48 thoughts on “Hiding From God

  1. If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. ~Psalm 139:8
    This is the verse that came immediately to mind when I read your post here, Ceil. No, there is no way we can ever hide from our Heavenly Father. He loves us too much for that!
    Blessings!

    • Hi Martha! Great Scripture quote, so applicable to this post!

      I hope I don’t ever hide from God, but I know there are times I wish I could. Thank goodness he sees right through my defenses and holds me like the child I am!

      Sunday blessings,
      Ceil

  2. In the UK, Calgon is a water softener you put in the washing machine, with your clothes, and it protects the washing machine from limescale. So your slogan at the top of your post made me smile. I checked out the adverts for Calgon in US TV and it made sense.

    As for waiting in the line. Here in the UK we specialise in waiting in line. I once stopped at Victoria Station in London and looked up at the big board overhead showing train arrivals and departures. Within seconds, a line formed behind me. Everyone wanted to see the board in turn rather than do it together.

    At the Post Office once, standing in line, there was a very large rotund woman in front of me. Her cell-phone rang. Someone said: Look out – she’s reversing!

    The Government here is planning to shorten the unemployment line. They are asking people to stand closer together.

    Good post, Ceil. I agree that sometimes thing get so much on top of me that I need to hide and hope it all goes away. I pray and pray, but sometimes there’s no answer. Perhaps God is busy with some more urgent problems with someone else!

    God bless.

    • Hi Victor! Your mind is just amazing my friend! What a fun comment to read, thank you for my Sunday smile.

      Thank you for looking up the Calgon reference. I wondered if everyone would remember those commercials, and I didn’t even think that my friends in Europe wouldn’t even know it at all. You do go above and beyond, and I am very grateful 🙂

      Hope you’re having a peaceful Sunday,
      Ceil

  3. I have been through a few bad days of my own over the years. To be honest it has been more than a few. My first reaction is to hide and to stuff my emotions. It does not get me anywhere but for some reason it feels safe to hide from the truth. Thank you for pointing us to freedom in God. We have similar thought patterns in our writing today because I also wrote about freedom in Christ. I’m blessed by your words as always.

    • Hi Mary! This isn’t the first time we’ve written about the same themes. God is working in his writers I think!

      I know your point about hiding being a silly way to deal with my challenges, and yet I still do it at times. I makes me think of a wounded animal that just retreats to the hollow tree. Thank goodness the Lord finds me where I am, and loves me back to health.
      Have a peaceful Sunday,
      Ceil

  4. I know all about those long lines and have been in a few lately. The car has been ok though! 🙂 Thanks for sharing you positive thoughts on those kinds of days.

    • Hi Mari! I think we’ve all had those kind of days. Ugh. But they can teach me a lot of about my own attitude, and how God finds a way to bring me peace too.

      Wishing you a peaceful Sunday!
      Ceil

  5. Dear Ceil … this is just so very satisfying to read. It’s far too easy for me to crash into the arms of disappointment.

    You wrote, ‘I get tired and cranky from all the disappointments and broken plans.’ I guess I’m happy to know that I’m in very good company. Your gentle words are a caution, a grace, a guide.

    Thank you for leading us forward, friend …

    • Hi Linda! I think we all can sink into despair mode, or just think our attitude isn’t one that our Father would like very much. But, he loves us through it all, right? How blessed we are.

      Thank you for your lovely comment tonight my friend,
      Ceil

  6. Such a beautiful post, My Friend! I hide in my cave when overwhelmed, over-wrought, over -stimulated, over-come. As I hide, I regroup, regenerate, and recover. Preparing to hit it again with His renewal!
    Blessings, My Friend!

    • Hi Lulu! So you made your hiding place a place of healing, and that’s certainly a function of pulling away from the world. I completely understand that. James Taylor has a song called “Up On My Roof” where he talks about being away from the world after a long day. Who can’t relate to that??

      Have a restful night,
      Ceil

  7. Ceil, I had to smile at your comment “Calgon take me away”. I remember those old TV ads well. I think many baby boomers in the U.S. and Canada also remember those ads. I think sometimes when things like this happen (longer lines, making us wait longer), teaches us patience. Your posts are always so uplifting and thought-provoking. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Hi Linda! I’m so glad you ‘got’ the Calgon reference. I was wondering if anyone would remember those commercials! My sisters and I would use “Calgon, take me away” as a funny tag line when we were overwhelmed. It just naturally came back to me when writing this post.

      Thank you for your kind words about the post, I really appreciate them. You are a real encourager!
      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  8. What a beautiful and encouraging post, Ceil! I felt wrapped in our Father’s love as I read this. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

    • Hi Pam! I’m so glad you feel like that, because that’s exactly where God wants you! When we are fully enveloped in him, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.

      Happy Monday!
      Ceil

  9. Hi Ceil! Great Monday morning thought. I don’t know all that my week has ahead. I know some of it and know I need to have God’s presence. For what I don’t know, I know I need it even more.

    • Hi Bill! I am always encouraged by your faith, and I know that God is with you as you minister to your family, yourself and to your flock.

      Hope you have a wonderful Monday and week too,
      Ceil

  10. There is such truth here, Ceil. That building walls around ourselves, even trying to hide from God. I’m so grateful that no wall or fence, however thick, can keep our Father away from His child He Loves so much! Thank you for this encouragement, my friend. You always pick such great photos that speak volumes and complement what your words bring across. I especially love the last one! Love and hugs to you!

    • Hi Trudy! Thank you for your kind words about the post, and about the images. I do try to pick out photos and images that reflect what I’m trying to say, so I really appreciate your mentioning it!

      He does love us greatly, and doesn’t want to be away from us ever, which is good news for me! No matter how down I get, or if I want to hide, he’ll always find me and bring me home to himself.

      Happy Monday!
      Ceil

  11. There is no where we can go to escape His spirit. I’m glad I cannot hide. Too funny to think I can hide from His love, His grasp. No one can love us like Him!!!! Wishes for a good week ahead. Hugs!

    • Hi Mary! Well, I guess I’m funny like that…sometimes I do feel like hiding away. But you’re rock steady in your faith, and that’s why you’re such an inspiration to me.

      You have been on my mind lately. I hope your sister and your family are holding together, relying on each other and on the Lord. You are all in my prayers,
      Ceil

  12. Ceil: Whenever I have those times of feeling unworthy, I have the habit of withdrawing from the things around me. Then God breaks through and shows me things that I had forgotten. That’s how He is. He loves us that much.

    • Hi Cecelia! It is just wonderful to know that God will chase us, and not allow us to be away from him for long. He does love us that much!

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  13. Love that past drawing you included. I have learned when things change abruptly, to pause and catch my breath first, then find some action to take. I like to call them ricochet events. lots of great energy in that image!

    • Hi Jean! I love that last image too. It’s so peaceful and supportive to know that Jesus loves us that way.

      Ricochet events? I like that term! And it fits beautifully too. Thank you for that!

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  14. Oh, what a comforting post! And, that last picture! Oh, my word, that just touched my heart. I am so thankful God breaks through our carefully-erected barriers and loves us in spite of our distance from Him. Thank you for another wonderful post, sweet friend. 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl! Thank you for your supportive words about the post, I appreciate them. That last image is so lovely, I agree. To know that we can be wrapped in that love, that total dedication to our salvation is wonderful. I’m glad you saw that too!

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  15. I love that God can break through our defences, that even when we try to hide, he knows how we feel and he cares. I love the final picture you included- such a beautiful illustration of God’s love!
    I saw Victor’s comment above- I had to look up the Calgon reference too. At first I was wondering if it was a sleeping pill or something 🙂 but it all makes sense now!

    • Hi Lesley! Oh my gosh, that’s so funny to think Calgon would be a sleeping pill! I really have to watch my references here don’t I? I’m glad you looked it up 🙂

      I really loved that last image too. How enveloping the love of Christ!
      Have a wonderful Wednesday!
      Ceil

  16. Hi Ceil! I’ve had those “Calgon take me away moments”–actually I think I may have had a year that was like that! It’s sobering to realize that no matter how hard we try, we can’t hide or run away from God. I’m ever thankful that God breaks through the defenses we build to shape us into the person He desires us to become.

    Thank you for this encouraging and uplifting post!

    Blessings to you!

    Kim

    • Hi Kim! You’ve had a tough year then my friend, and I’m so sorry for your challenges. Some years seem like ‘one thing after another’ don’t they? It’s so comforting to know that God will abide with us through it all, and fill us with the hope of a bright future.

      I’m so happy that you were encouraged, thank you for sharing that, and for sharing this on Twitter too!
      Blessings always,
      Ceil

  17. OH Ceil, this is just such a comforting message- with the beauty of His love oozing out from your words. Your wisdom, and masterful descriptions wrap my heart like a warm blanket- I’m so grateful for the way God is using you to illuminate His unconditional Fatherly love.

    • Hi Chris! Thank you for your encouraging words about the post, I really appreciate them. That last image really says it all, don’t you think? We are truly wrapped in his care and love, never to escape, unless we want to, of course.

      Have a wonderful Wednesday!
      Ceil

  18. Life brings tough situations our way, and most of the time, none of it seems to make any sense to us, or have any purpose. I pray that in these moments of despair and difficulty that have brought you to this place of erecting walls, that the Lord will come to you in a beautiful way, and heal your heart as only He can. A beautiful piece of writing Ceil! Hugs to you today 🙂

    • Hi MM! Oh my, what a beautiful prayer…thank you so much. I was really touched deeply by it, and so thankful that you would think of praying for me. God bless you abundantly!

      Hugs right back to you for your encouragement and prayers,
      Ceil

  19. Yes, we are His beloved. Such beautiful images and word pictures throughout this post Ceil, of God’s never-ending embrace and love. I once described it as Him hugging my heart. I have a piece of my heart that I know I need to surrender again to Him instead of staying in hiding. He’s been tugging on it, as surrendering my heart also allows me to do His work in the world!

    • Hi Lynn! I like that image of Christ hugging our hearts. How interesting that you feel him ‘tugging’ on a part of your heart. He really doesn’t rest until we are all his, holding nothing back. No one is more invested in our salvation and peace than he is. What a comfort that is!

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  20. Without Hope the people would perish. Our only Hope is in Him that is for sure. But sometimes it does seem so easy to hide in the midst of our disappointments. Not only our disappointments but our failures. I’ve caught myself at times in my life acting like a child that was hiding from snitching a forbidden cookie when all the while, HE KNEW! I’ve found that when I GO AHEAD and get it out in the open no matter what with my Lord then I feel better. We adults are no different than the little children…. Oh He is a good, good Father isn’t He dear lady? Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    • Hi Cindy! I had to smile at your ‘snitched cookie’ story, I mean, who didn’t palm an oreo or two and head for the hills! But your point is so clear too, of course he knows, who do I think I’m kidding? My hiding is not going to fool him, or keep him away.

      Oh yes, he is the best Father, all the time.
      Hugs and blessings right back to you!
      Ceil

  21. This post soothed my soul Ceil. I love the fact He is a pursuing God, one who took the initiative, seeking us, making the ultimate sacrifice, sending His Son. Unless He is hiding us in the cleft of the rock for a purpose we are to keep our selves armed and ready to do battle for Him. Great post sister, great post.

    • Hi Betty! Thank you so much for your encouraging words my friend. I’m so glad you liked the post today. He truly does pursue us, and there is no place where we can hide from him, which is very comforting to me. I know he’ll always find me.

      Have a peaceful afternoon my friend,
      Ceil

  22. This reminds me of something I heard a speaker say years ago – that setbacks are merely stepping stones to triumph. He used the scripture from Micah 7:8 where it says, “…When I fall I will arise…” That always encouraged me, and reminded me that each step of the journey gets us to where we’re going in Him. Thanks for sharing, Ceil. Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Karen! I think I’ve heard that before too. But I it was presented more as a choice, do you want to get up or stay down? Falling is a part of life, and so is getting up if that’s what I choose.

      Thank you for sharing that Scripture passage, so much hope in those few words!

      Have a wonderful holiday weekend,
      Ceil

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