By Jade Pilkington
Who remembers how much fun it used to be playing hide and seek as kids? The two hiders would tip toe around whispering and giggling while looking for the perfect hiding spot where nobody would find them. For me, this usually meant the top of the cupboard or standing dead still behind the curtain…eagerly waiting in anticipation to be found!
I soon realized as I journeyed into adulthood, and became a wife and mom that the tendency to want to run and hide had not eluded me. And it also seemed that as life became more and more demanding and pressured, that the thought of running and ‘hiding’ was something that I found myself thinking about on more than one occasion… Que “mom guilt” now!
I think that as woman we all see the immeasurable gift and blessing that womanhood and motherhood brings. I love being a woman and a wife, and especially a mommy and wouldn’t trade it for anything in this world! And although I see it as the greatest privilege, I still often feel like I am just keeping my head above water, if not at times completely drowning in the responsibilities of life.
I don’t know about you, but for me that feeling has led me to want to run and hide in some pretty strange and even dark places at times. So I ask the question, where is it that you hide?
It can be something as simple as hiding behind that “perfect profile” on social media to something like hiding our pain with some kind of substance abuse. Faking a smile while we are really dying inside is no way to live. There is a better way!
You see, our souls were actually designed to hide, but in only one place and in one person… That place and person is Jesus. When we hide in that place, the place we were created to, we come out strengthened, refreshed and ready to face the “giants of life”. And those “giants of life” will inevitably always come.
Consider this the next time the urge to run away from reality comes up. There is a kind and loving God who wants to be the place you run too. Happy hiding ladies.
“Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him? Declares the Lord.” Jer 23:24
“He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the almighty”. Ps 91