“You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.” vs. 7
Some days we’d like to stick a pillow over our heads and just stay in bed! The steady barrage of information via social media, television, and newspapers is too much to deal with. It’s like an invasion…and the more we absorb, particularly that which is political, the more anxious we become. No wonder stress levels are at an all-time high, particularly for those who maintain constant connections during every waking hour. In the face of the onslaught many have chosen to disconnect…to defriend Facebook and unplug cable news, but it can be hard to stay away. Since it is so difficult, perhaps this could be our Lenten discipline…a kind of retreat in which we turn our minds to that which is spiritually pleasing. The psalmist says that God can provide that kind of a resource, that God can be a hiding place to get away from the stresses of the world. Of course it doesn’t work to just stay in bed…we need more stimulation than that. But maybe some time spent with scripture or a devotional book…maybe a focused time of prayer and exercise. Some have found that walks in nature preserves or on mountain trails can be a powerful respite… and always beautiful music provides accompaniment for more positive peaceful thoughts. There are times we really do need to get away from all that troubles us…and God always goes with us!
Thought for the Day: Where do I go to hide?