Take me away, a secret place
A sweet escape, take me away
Take me away to better days
Take me away, a hiding place
– Natasha Bedingfield, Pocket Full Of Sunshine
My heart started crying out this song to my Abba these past few days.
When life gets tough, my first reaction is instinctively to ask to be rescued, for a quick escape so I don’t have to deal with whatever is currently facing me.
Afterwards, it used to be I would escape into a bag of sour cream potato chips or a sitcom, licking my wounds and berating myself for rolling over and taking a beating yet again.
We never learn to be proactive and change our ways by just thinking about it. We need to do it.
Instead of being passive and keeping my hurts buried in the hidden spaces within, I am learning to run to the secret place.
I am invited there 24/7.
365 days a year.
And on into eternity!
I stopped short quite some time ago as I was headed down the wrong path of response when it hit me.
Why wait for eternity to fix everything? Why not now?
If we are called to supernaturally live in, through and with Him…then here on earth is where we need to do so.
Just as Jesus did.
Jesus took Himself away at times. Not to kick his wounds or hide away, but to reconnect. Becoming rejuvenated and reinvigorated for the plans He was to walk out with His Father. (Luke 16:16, Mark 1:35)
Jesus never backed down from doing His Father’s business where He saw His Father inviting Him into a situation.
I need to do the same.
Instead of allowing fear and survival instincts to drive me, I need to choose faith and supernatural instincts to guide me.
He promises to always be with us, and show us how to live free.
Our part is to choose to stay in His embrace through our days, and refuse to allow the lure of other pleasures to steal us from where our souls and spirits know is where we belong.
He may take you away from a situation by prompting you to remove yourself from it.
He may guide you as to what to pray to shift the atmosphere.
He may tell you what to say to diffuse discord and bring peace.
The whole time, He will be with you.
I would rather be in His embrace in a hurricane than left alone to my own devices.
Lead me away from what doesn’t work, Abba, and keep me headed on the path You have for me. May I run to You first, and You alone, when the storms begin to circle.