“Mom! Where are you?”
“In my room.”
Child walks into my room.
“Wait, I still can’t see you.”
Because of interactions like this, my youngest daughter has labeled the floor between my bed and the window “Mom’s Hiding Place.” Our bed is just high enough that if I kneel to pray or sit to read, my kids can’t see me. 🙂 It is in this “hiding place” that I like to catch a quiet moment.
I keep hearing people say that during the COVID-19 pandemic they have so much time. I’d like to make a case for quiet and unplugged time…and a bit of isolation.
As I have read the New Testament I have noticed how even though the Savior only had three years for His ministry, He took the time to find seclusion. There obviously isn’t a description of what He did when He was alone, but in my mind’s eye I see Him praying a lot and reviewing scripture. Mentally and emotionally regrouping. In Mark 1:35 it states, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
Moments regrouping make each of us better able to face the day with confidence, mental resolve, fortitude, and the ability to look at life through an eternal light.
I like to set myself a timer and tell myself I can’t get up from my spot until the timer goes off. It is my time to pray, to read scripture, to journal, and to ponder. Quiet moments with no outside interference are invigorating.
I think we all need a hiding place…even if it is only for five minutes.