Monday, May 3, 2010

The Secret Place

In the process of building a new home, I asked the contractor to place a small, short door in the wall of the bathroom, allowing access to a hidden space under a stairway. Carpeting and a light were added! Equipped with puzzles and a myriad of small toys, this little hiding spot was a constant delight to our grandchildren and their friends! What enjoyment was realized as they escaped to this tiny “Secret Place!”

I am reminded of Susannah Wesley, the mother of Charles and John Wesley, with her 19 active children. Even with all the commotion of her daily life, she seldom gave the Lord less than a full hour for prayer. At her time of prayer, she would take her apron up and pull it over her face. Her children were instructed never to disturb their mother when she was praying in her apron. The apron was her “Secret Place!”

The Bible tells us in Psalms 91:3, to dwell in the “Secret Place,” of the most High God, and he who does so shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Notice the words: Dwell and Abide!

Yes…it’s not a place where we happen to visit now and again, but it’s a place where we learn to live. The secret places like that on earth afford only something temporary.

Psalms 31:20 states, “He shall hide you in the secret of His presence from the plots of men.”

There is no set time, or assigned place, or set position to enter into His presence. At any time, no matter where we are or who is with us, we can secretly slip into that hiding place with the Lord.

“Walking in the Spirit,” is the same as living, and dwelling continually in the Secret Place of the Most High. If we take that position, then we can both walk, and talk with the Lord at any moment, and at any time.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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