Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When You Just Want to Hide

Rest in God alone, my soul, 
for my hope comes from Him. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation, 
my stronghold; I will not be shaken. 
Psalm 62:5-6 HCSB

Not long ago, we found one of our young cats buried in the laundry basket. She was hiding away from the rest of the family, and when we found her, it was obvious we had disturbed her nap. We dug her out and got the laundry put away, and the cat found another place to sleep. In a way, I envied her. There are many days that I'm just flat-out weary and would love nothing more than to hide somewhere that no one will find me for a few hours, a place where I can sleep, pray, or cry my way to a place of peace and rest. It rarely happens, though, except for those times I manage to escape to the shower at the perfect time.

When those days come, the really hard ones, I get through by doing some combination of these things:
  • Pray.
  • Read my Bible.
  • Listen to praise music and let the truths of the Scriptures sink deep.
  • Ask a trusted friend to pray with and for me.
  • Spend time praying for or serving others. (Getting my mind off my problems and thinking about others always lifts my spirits!)
As I get refocused on God and not the apparent enormity of my circumstances, I find the rest and hope the Psalms mention. I become stronger in my faith, more certain of the God I choose to trust and serve, and harder to shake. I want to be immovable.

How do you deal with the times you just want to hide from the world?

PRAY:  Father, thank You for Your peace when I'm weary and life is hard. Please help me to remember to turn to You and allow You to carry my burdens for me. Thank You for hearing my cries for help and for seeing me through every storm. Amen.

~ Jennifer A. Janes


  1. Thanks. That's how I feel right now. I really needed this encouragement today.

    1. You're welcome. Honestly, I have felt this way myself today and needed the reminder! I'm saying a prayer now that tomorrow is a better day.

  2. Those days are soooo tough...and I always need those reminders. :)