Hiding Place: God Is a Safe Haven

God is a safe place to hide,
ready to help when we need him.
Psalms 46:1 (The Message)

My very energetic kitten takes a break every now and then to sleep off a round of chase-your-tail by sliding under the black and white queen size quilt. She thinks no one can see her even though the moving lump in the middle of the bed does look suspicious. Undercover cat at work.

Practically every child has used a sheet or quilt as a tent hung over a clothesline or pinned around the backs of chairs. And what child hasn’t retreated to his room under a handy quilt with a favorite stuffed animal to enter a world of dreams?

Quilts make wonderful cocoons. A comforter is a wonderful haven when needed. It’s still my favorite place to retreat in times of stress. In fact, all of us yearn to have a place of comfort … a place of solace, especially during times of stress.

God knows our deepest needs and has provided that comfort, one who can always be trusted in time of need. Jesus reminded us if we ask the Father, He will give us another Comforter. This Comforter, the Holy Spirit, dwells within every believer who has received Christ as Savior. We have a Comforter and a safe haven to hide in when the world is too much for us. This is God’s promise to those who trust Him.

Have you done that? He is ready and willing to enter that relationship with you.

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by Gayle Ottemiller

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Gayle C. Ottemiller has published magazine articles, poetry, and devotions. Her work appears on Christian Devotions and in several compilation books. Her book of poetry and photography, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, was published in 2010. Gayle has an MS in guidance and counseling and is retired after working twenty-eight years with developmentally disabled adults. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit her at gayleottemiller.com.

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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.