Jan 162007

This article is shared by Marsha Jordan

Have you ever wished, during some horrible time of your life, that you could run into a safe place and hide from the sadness or fear that stalks you? I saw a movie about a mother and daughter whose home was broken into. They hid in a special safe room that nobody could enter from the outside. They called it the “panic room.”

Everyone needs a place where we feel safe, and I have found such a refuge. It’s in the arms of God. Deuteronomy 33:27 says “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” It’s comforting to picture God’s arms outstretched, ready to catch me if I fall.

Psalm 91:2 says “He is my refuge and my fortress.” A fortress provides strong protection. When the God of the universe is my fortress, I can have courage, even in the midst of fear. David, the shepherd boy turned king, wrote many psalms while fleeing from his enemy, King Saul. At one point, David hid in a cave to escape Saul’s wrath. I understand the fear of being pursued, whether by physical illness, financial troubles, or just an unknown future. I know too well, as David knew, that God doesn’t necessarily remove the difficulty. I often wish He would whisk me away to safety. I plead for Him to stop the pain and eliminate the struggle, but the difficulty remains and I must take refuge in God’s love, just as David did. While hiding in that cave, David said, “I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1 NIV)

God’s protection can be compared to that of a mother hen with her chicks. Matthew 23:37 says that God longs to cover us with His wings. Maybe you’ve heard the story about the hen who gathered her babies under her wings during a fire. When the flames were extinguished, the hen was dead; but her chicks had been spared by the protection of her wings.

Like that mother hen, God sacrificed to save me, not from physical suffering, but from a worse sort of torture — eternal separation from Him.

I don’t have a “panic room” in my house, but I do have one in my heart. I can take refuge from the burdens of life in the mighty fortress that is God.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

No matter how bad things appear, under the protection of God’s wings, I’m safe. It’s a place not of painlessness, but of comfort and hope.

He keeps his faithful ones hidden in the palm of his hand. (Isaiah 49:2 CEV) There’s no place I’d rather be. And I pray that His loving hands are enfolding you.

Marsha Jordan

Marsha Jordan, a disabled grandmother, sought after speaker, and undiscovered shower singer, created The HUGS and HOPE Foundation for Critically Ill Children. Her humorous, inspirational book, Hugs, Hope, and Peanut Butter is illustrated by sick kids; and profits from the book’ sale benefit children around the country. The book earned Parent to Parent’s 2006 “Best of the Best” award, honorable mention in The World’s Funniest Humor Contest, and an endorsement from Phyllis Diller.
Jordan’s charity was featured in Rosie Magazine. She has appeared on WGN television, Wisconsin Public TV, and Billy Graham’s radio program, “Decision Today,” as well as numerous other radio shows around the country.
Jordan has been published in several magazines including Heartlight, Obadiah, and Christian Voices. She’s a regular columnist for “My Walk With Jesus” newspaper. She is known as the “Peanut Butter Queen” because she believes hope, joy, and love are “sticky” like peanut butter – when you spread them around, you can’t help but get some on yourself.
Jordan’s dog, King Louie, rules the household with an iron paw and allows Jordan and her rocket scientist husband to share a home with him in the northwoods of Wisconsin.
You may learn more about Jordan, her book, and the charity she founded by visiting her web site at www.hugsandhope.org/
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  One Response to “Panic Room”

  1. what is the book called about the Hen that protected her babies by gathering them under her wings she’s dead but her chicks have been spared. I remember this story when I was little and would like to know what the book is. thank you