This week at church is #WildAnimals VBS and one of our amazing church-members has a wild assortment of animals to share with the kids.
My son is fascinated with new things and has a desire to experience them for all the wonder they possess. Me on the other hand enter into experiencing "creatures" with a timidity that only adults seem to carry. All the children who caught an eye of the hedgehogs ran wildly to them, anxious to pet and hold and seem them in close-up action.
Lately, I've been feeling much like Penelope the Hedgehog. My emotions have me bundled up, hoping that my gruff exterior will prevent anyone from penetrating my guard. Even my husband, who's desire is to be the one earthly person I confide in most, has been feeling the effects of my prickly temperament lately.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
If you are feeling the same way I am, like you want to run and hide from the world... remember that peace like none other is only available from the Giver of all life. Do not look to the world itself for comfort, because you will never find what you are looking for! This is a lesson I'm still learning, but can attest to the powerful strength God's word has over my life and emotions.
My advice to those who are feeling like me is to allow the prompting of the Holy Spirit be your guide. We know there will be seasons of retreat, where we need to look deep inside at the root of our emotions, but those times are temporary, as is this entire life we are living on earth. Don't allow resentment to set in and burrow itself in your heart - you will only be setting yourself up for failure if you do. Instead cling to what is holy and righteous and good in this world, letting Christ be your barrier and your lifeline especially on days you just want to hide.
*Possibly linking up with these blogs today!