Yesterday, I was cleaning out a small pile of fallen leaves around a bush near our house when suddenly I was startled by a flash of movement from the pile. A small animal scurried out, frighten by my invasion of its space. I was startled as well, not sure what kind of animal it was. I first thought it was a gopher or mole, but after looking more carefully I discovered it was a small rabbit.
I left the small rabbit burrow alone, and went inside for my camera. The rabbit stayed motionless for several minutes so I was able to take a picture. After taking the picture, I saw how well the rabbit blended into its surroundings (see picture #1). It was hidden even while in plain sight. Only on closer examination could it be seen (see picture #2).
As I thought about this encounter, a Bible phrase flashed into my head, hidden with Christ. I had to do a search on the computer to find the exact verse.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:2-3
Paul, the writer of Colossians, is encouraging us to see our lives as having a secure anchor in the midst of constant earthly turmoil and temptation. Our place of safety is our relationship with Jesus Christ. He is our secure burrow, our hiding place, when the evil one attacks.
I have not gone near the rabbit burrow since that first encounter, nor have I seen the small bunny. I am unsure if I damaged the burrow beyond repair. And upon further reflection, after seeing the horrific destruction this week by tornadoes in Alabama and other parts of the south, I can never be sure that my own home is forever safe from such destruction.
The one secure promise is that my life is hidden with Christ and I am safe with him.
In whom is your life hidden? Where do you find safety and security?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, keep me safe in you, my rock and shield. Bring comfort, strength and courage to those whose homes and families have been devastated by storms.