My Island Hideaway

When I attended high school, one of the “creative class activities” I remember engaging in was a situational ethics exercise.  The instructor would pose tough questions, and we answered honestly and then defended our responses.  For example: “If you are on a sinking boat with only one life jacket, who would you give the jacket to if you had to choose between a 10-year-old boy, a rocket scientist, an Episcopal priest, or a stay at home mom?  Another question I remember fondly was “If you were shipwrecked on a deserted Island and could only carry three of your possessions on to land, what items would you choose?

Now that I am an adult, I must admit that on really tough days, it feels as if I am getting thrashed around by gigantic waves while I cling for dear life in a tiny dinghy with a gaping hole in it.  The water is rushing in all around me, and I am sinking down, down, down.

On difficult days that deserted island sounds like a really good idea.

I think my 3 items would be a beach chair, some sun screen, and a juicy novel.  Yeah, I would like a little island getaway.  How about you?

Yesterday, I read Psalms 32 in The Message translation, and God grabbed my attention when I hit verse 7:  “God’s my island hideaway,  keeps danger far from the shore…”  Yes!

Let me share with you in this VLOG how the Psalmist’s words have soothed my weary soul this week:

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“You are my hiding place;
You will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Psalms 32:7, NIV

Today, I stopped by a co-worker’s office to drop off some paperwork.  As I stood waiting for him, I turned to face the door.  There over the door jamb, I discovered a beautiful framed portrait hanging on the wall.  The picture captured a beautiful sanctuary, and the caption underneath filled me with comfort:

“The will of God will never take you

where the grace of God cannot protect you.”

God is my hiding place.  His grace will cover me no matter where this life may take me.  I am resting in that promise tonight.

Q4U:  How has God delivered you?

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19 responses

  1. This is a wonderful reminder – God is our hiding place. I love that no matter what situation I’m in, whether it be heavy or light, God will hide me under His loving care and protection. He’s delivered me from so much, but most of all, He’s delivered me from myself and my own selfish/prideful/unforgiving nature and brought me closer and closer to be like Him – which is the most peaceful place of all!!

  2. Hiding places are always cozy places – at least at home – and I so want to crawl into the hiding place of Him:) Thank you for sharing the quote – it has created a wonderful, comforting image – blankets, pillows:) all snuggly and warm!

  3. Dear Lily
    Oh, dear one, the answer to all our trials is Jesus! We only need to look up to Him asking Him to save us when the world around us seems to be one big storm with waves crashing in on every side! Then, as He takes our hand, we can walk again on top of the stormy seas!
    Blessings and love
    Mia

  4. I agree with Glenda–you are a cute vlogger :). And the way you share about this verse makes me happy too. Rejoicing and singing songs of gladness with you, my friend!

  5. Oh so nice to *meet* you Lyli through your vblog! Those scare me (that is doing them myself), but you were so warm and welcoming! This was needed today. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Beth. My husband makes usually makes me laugh right before we do them to help me be less nervous … we do them really quick — one take — right after dinner, and I try not to “obsess” over it… I would never have done it in the 1st place if it weren’t for Jen over at Finding Heaven Today… she encouraged us to give it a try.

  6. Such reassurance, Lyli. Just to know that He is right with us and is our Deliverance. Praise Him.
    You did so very well, Lyli, on your VBLOG too.
    One of my favorite verses I am reminded of where God sings over us is:
    “The LORD your God in your midst,
    The Mighty One, will save;
    He will rejoice over you with gladness,
    He will quiet you with His love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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