“For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.” Psalm 27:5
The secret place with the Lord.
This can be a physical “go in the bedroom and close the door” place (Matthew 6:6), but it’s more of a mindful commitment to the Lord.
It’s more about holding each thought captive and taking those thoughts to the Lord in prayer (2 Corinthians 2:5).
It’s asking Him if those thoughts are in line with Him or not, and not entertaining the ones that aren’t.
It’s meditating on His scriptural promises. Psalm 91 describes this secret place as being under His wing.
Jesus’s mom was busy.
A teenage girl, who was just miraculously impregnated by the Holy Spirit.
Everyone thought she was a liar because she was a virgin and pregnant. Joseph, her husband, was going through it too, choosing to stay by her side.
She ends up giving birth to the God of the universe and Savior of the world in a barn and puts her baby in a manger. Essentially a food bowl for horses.
And possibly a little traumatizing.
Imagine what it felt like to be physically in the presence of God. To physically hold Him.
In Matthew chapter 2, the magi (wise men) rejoiced knowing the star they saw meant the birth of the Savior. They went to celebrate Jesus. When they saw Mary holding the baby they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. They brought expensive gifts and offered them.
Mary, feeling both the overwhelming love for her child and feeling that He is actual love itself.
God is love. (1 John 4:16)
There is no love without Him. It doesn’t exist. Any love that has been experienced was Him, realized or not.
He is peace. (Ephesians 2:14)
Mary must have felt so strange. Oddly at peace and full of joy in a season where “normal” would be, stressed and irritable.
Imagine the fears and concerns of her circumstances.
She gives birth in a barn.
The magi come and worship her baby and give overwhelmingly expensive gifts.
Then they learn King Herod is killing off babies in search of Jesus and they have to sneak off in the middle of the night.
No big deal.
Yet where is anxiety when you are holding pure love? (1 John 4:18)
Imagine she’s holding baby Jesus and looking into His eyes. Feeling rest. Feeling exhausted, but feeling rest in that exhaustion and chaos. Which is really just peace.
To learn from the circumstances of Jesus’s birth, there IS rest to be had in the busy or chaotic seasons.
It’s not so much about having time as it is about consciously being present with the Lord in whatever circumstances.
It’s out of the overflow of being present with Him.
Sit under the faucet of His love, it pours over and out shifting hearts and circumstances.
His overflowing love brings peace with it naturally.
Perfect love casts out all fear.
Any anxiety from the busy season is immediately eradicated by sitting under the faucet of His love. This looks like being present with Him. By spending time with Him.
~ Amanda Santistevan