Life is hard. Sicknesses, death of a loved one, injustices, unexpected diagnoses, mental illness, miscarriages, addictions, tragedies, natural disasters, and even the seemingly trivial aspects of life can overwhelm us. The burdens we bear can be heavy and our hearts break under the load.
The tendency or temptation is to become numb to these things, so that they don’t affect us as deeply. Or we try to bear the burden on our own and end up feeling crippled and hollow inside.
But what if we were never meant to bear the burdens of life on our own? What if we were meant to be carried?
We often think of walking with God as a nice stroll with an intimate friend, but really walking with God is more like a father holding his baby girl. A father would never expect his infant to walk on her own. The task of carrying her is a delight because he loves his daughter.
When we choose to dwell in God’s shadow, we understand our need for Him. We get that we are incapable of walking on our own. We know that the worries of life are too much for us to bear and so we hide in His shadow, in the safety of His wings.
We allow God to carry us through the difficulties and the joys of life and we discover an unshakable hope, an unfathomable joy, and a peace that passes understanding.
What does hiding in God’s shadow look like? It starts with a knowledge of who God Almighty is. Our trust in God can only be as strong as our knowledge of Him. Is he big enough to handle whatever difficulty we face? Does He have a plan and is that plan good? Can we still trust Him when our world is crumbling around us? Will He fail us or let us down or is He unfailing and faithful? We need to pursue Christ, to know Him deeply, so that we are able to answer these questions. We need to study scripture and we need to look at God’s past faithfulness in our lives.
We don’t get to know God by running in our own direction. When the storms of life come (and they will!), we know to hide ourselves in Him and to allow God to be our refuge and our strength.