When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.” John 12:36b
times when you feel like hiding? I
bet we all do—and we’re in good company. The apostle John tells us that Jesus
instance in the scripture above took place in Jerusalem during the week before
Jesus’ crucifixion. While speaking to a crowd, he predicted his death and encouraged
the people to “‘trust in the light . . . so that you may become sons of
light,’” and then he left and hid from them.
told why Jesus hid from the people at this time. Maybe he needed a break
from the crowd surrounding him daily, or possibly he was trying to prevent an
uproar that could lead to his death before the time was right. He might have
wanted the people to have time to consider what he’d just said. Whatever the
reason, Jesus saw the importance or felt the need to hide.
oft-quoted passage from the Bible tells us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”(Ecclesiastes 3:1) If
Jesus saw that there was indeed a time to hide, should we not secret ourselves
away at times as well?
So when should we hide away—either from everyone,
those outside our closest circle, or maybe just from our work environment?
One time might be when we’re in serious need of
rest or refreshment. Another could be when we need some time to focus on a
certain project, person, or aspect of our lives.
There may even come a time when we need a period
of healing or a season when we need to hide for protection. And we always benefit
when we take time to hide away with the Lord, through daily time in prayer and
the Word and also in extended times alone with him.
if it’s a time to hide for any of us right now. Can we sense the importance
of such a time? Do we feel the need? Let’s remember that there is indeed a time
for everything. Yes, even a time to hide.
“. . . hide me in the shadow of your wings”
*When was the last time
you hid? Why did you do it? What resulted? Do you need to hide now?
*Flickr photo by Duncan~