When you want to crawl in a hole
Published 9:00 am Sunday, January 21, 2024
Hi, all. Just a thought to help start your weekend.
Life sometimes gives you those days when you feel like you need the protection and coverage of the hand of God more than ever. Things, for whatever the reason, have dealt you a hard blow. You hurt. You want to run away. You feel like hiding somewhere away from everyone and everything. What you’d really like is to crawl in a hole in a rock somewhere and just stay there.
This particular hole in a rock is a cave at what is called Jackson’s Falls, one of many scenic spots along the famed Natchez Trace. One can walk and explore around the waterfall, roam the old paths, and climb the rocks if you dare. The cave seems to beckon for anyone to come.
There is an old hymn that I love. In it are these words:
“A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, Where rivers of pleasure I see.
A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day.
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand, And covers me there with His hand.”
That big old cave or hole that you would really love to crawl into and hide from the world just happens the be the very place where God’s loving and gracious hands will cover you from the things of this world and take away your burdens!
I want you to know today that it’s okay to not be okay. Crawl into your hole and hide if that’s what you really need today. Just remember that the Lord is there, waiting to hold you tight. Perhaps the quiet solitude of the cave or cleft in the rock is exactly where you needed to be after all.
Just a thought. ’Til later.
Brad Campbell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.