The Secret Place

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My mother had a secret place, a place where she hid things, in her bureau drawers underneath unmentionables. She also slid important papers under the dresser scarves on top of the furniture in her bedroom. We knew better than to snoop, but sometimes we did anyhow. She knew where everything was, and kept everything in its place. There was no need to search when she knew exactly where it was. She used to tell us, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” That’s why she knew when someone had been in her drawers, because things got moved out of place.
There are many secret places. Some of us have a secret place we use to hide things we don’t want others to find. In various eras of time, there were secret rooms and secret passages. Sometimes there were secret tunnels. All of them were places that many others knew nothing about. Those places provided safety, refuge, or escape.

In ancient times, towers and castles were built high on a hill or a mountain. Protection from enemies and a view for miles was accomplished by these places. Towers built high and lofty provided security within the walls. The Towers served as a place for watching for danger and a place where one was kept safe.

secret placeThe Secret Place

Psalm 91 tells us about the Secret Place where we can hide and abide. It’s the place with the Most High.

You know what I’ve discovered about this secret place? It’s with me everywhere I go. I don’t need to squirrel away in my recliner or a corner of a room to get in this place. In fact, I don’t need to sequester myself in my bedroom, away from everyone else to be in this Secret Place. I can hide in it any time. This secret place is a place of rest even when storms are around me. I can rest in the whirlwind.

In the book ,The House in the Sky, a reporter is held captive for years. She survives emotionally and mentally by focusing, not on what is happening to her, but on her “house in the sky”, a place to which she “escapes” to survive. I learned something from reading this book. Her place of refuge and lifestyle was totally different from mine. Yet the lessons I learned from her perspective and outlook help me in finding my refuge in Christ. For this author, finding refuge became mind over matter. That’s how it needs to be with us. We can find refuge in the middle of turmoil, unrest, and fear. We do this by taking our minds to that place of Refuge. Everything we say and do stems from what takes place first in our minds.

secret placeOur refuge

No one can take our refuge from us unless we choose to allow  them. Like the air we breathe, our secret place of refuge is with us everywhere we go, if we choose to live inside that refuge.

When others notice our calm in the middle of whatever is happening in the world around us, it’s because they are drawn to that quietness and rest. As believers, we have something the rest of the world cannot claim: a refuge and respite in the middle of turmoil and strife. There’s no peace like it because it comes from being near the heart of God.

When life is more difficult than we’d ever imagined, we can go to that Secret Place and find peace. I’m so grateful.

secret place

se·cret
adjective
not known or seen or meant to be known or seen by others
noun
something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others.
place
noun
1. particular position or point in space.
2. a portion of space available or designated for or being used by someone.
“they hurried to their places at the table”
verb
1.  in a particular position.
2. find a home or employment for.
abide
verb accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation).
The song The Heart of God or There is a Place of Quiet Rest was written by Cleland B McAfee in 1896, after the death of his two nieces from diptheria.
You can hear the song  There is a Place of Quiet Rest by various groups:
Acapella, click here.
Kaoma, (male quartet) click here.
ToHaveHope (male octet,) click here.
AHymn a week, click here.
A group featured on SE Samonte, click here.
played by Rick Foster (guitar), click here.
played by Greg Howlet (piano), click here.

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