God has blessed me with many gifted writing friends. Sandy Chambers was one of the first I met sitting across the table at lunch after a Bible Study. I was so excited to meet a real freelance travel writer! When she isn’t travelling or writing about a great place to vacation or dine out, Sandy is working on her first book about prayer. Enjoy her words of wisdom concerning one of her greatest passions.
A huge pine tree stood on the lot next to my childhood home. I used to crawl beneath its mammoth branches into a secret hiding place that was cool and dark even on the hottest summer days. Hidden from view was a retreat the size of a small room. I’d bring a blanket to put on the pine needle floor, lie on my back and stare up at the whispers of blue sky that filtered through the dense branches.
Psalm 91 speaks of another secret
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Like my childhood hiding place, Psalm 91 speaks of a place hidden from the cares of the world—a place where God invites us into His presence. And in His presence peace reigns—absorbing all our trials, pain, doubts, cares and concerns.
How difficult it is in our fast-paced world where 10-minute devotionals are best sellers, to find such a retreat of intimacy! We delude ourselves into thinking we have fellowshipped with the Father, when in fact we have just driven through the fast-food line. Real fellowship requires an unhurried courtship– a leisurely, joyous pursuit of the one we desire to know.
So drag out your blanket and crawl beneath the branches into God’s secret hiding place!
Where do you like to “hide” with God?