Finding our hiding place

Hiding places – we all need them.  We have been taught as children, that we need to hide in the basement when a tornado approaches, to try and protect ourselves from its destructive power.  Those terrified of public speaking will do anything to avoid being chosen to do so. They will hide themselves, protect themselves from it by saying they are better at doing behind the scenes work .

As a child I would lie about having taken my cod liver oil, but the hiding place of my lie would always be discovered by my mother. “Yes, mom, I’ve taken my cod liver oil.” She would look at me with those beautiful eyes that penetrated to my soul and say, “Nice try, Kevin.” She would already have the cod liver oil in her hands. Alas, there was no place to run away and hide. I submitted myself to the impending torture of that horrible-tasting cod liver oil. And I still say, “Yuch!” when I think about that dreadful experience.

The Psalmist David recognized he needed a hiding place as he poured his heart out to God. He was worn, exhausted and afraid. The well-trained army of King Saul was after him, because in King Saul’s mind, he saw David as a threat to take over his throne as king of Israel. With fear and terror in his heart David calls out to God saying,  “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance”(Psalm32:7, New International Version).

Our home is our hiding place. It is here that our Lord gives us some sanctuary from the outside world filled with its stressors and aggravations. How many of us have those days when we want to stay home and have a respite from the deadlines and all of life’s demands? We long for a break dealing with people who irritate us, who we would far prefer to avoid. However, eventually we must come out of our hiding place to face and deal with them.

I’m sure the Filipino people caught in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan could use a hiding place. I was moved to tears when a Filipino man cried as he showed the world the great sadness and desperation within him on the TV news. “Please, we need help! Please help us!  Oh, please help us!!”

I wanted to sit with that man and listen to his pain,  to ease his soul-crushing fear. Yet, for God’s reasons He has me here reaching out to the hurting, wounded and terrified souls all over the world and to the Filipino people both here in North America and across the 8,031 miles from our home in Englehart, to the horrendous suffering and disease in the Philippines.

A trusted source told me his grandfather put his bed by a mango tree to give him some form of a shelter. What moved me is the grandfather’s thankfulness that there is a mango tree. Think for a moment. He is elated that there is a mango tree. I felt convicted in my spirit for all the times I have complained about what I don’t have. Situations like these give us pause to be thankful that we have the sanctuary of our homes, our hiding places.

What are you afraid of? What keeps you awake at night? What are you hiding from? These are questions I leave us all to think about.

God’s peace and comfort be with you.

About Dr. Kevin Osborne B.A., B.Th., M.A., M.Div., Psy.D. Ph.D. and Th.D. Candidate

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. Two years ago I completed my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) through St. James the Elder University. On Sept. 26th 2020, I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Canadian Christian Theological Seminary. These journeys were started over 20 years ago. In 1997 I received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canada Christian College & Graduate School. Between working and studying it took 13 years to finish it. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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  1. A very timely post for where I live, as tornadoes ripped through the Midwest yesterday. I praise God many found safe hiding places and pray for those now looking for new ones.

    • Thank you for sharing this news with us. I offer this prayer.

      Almighty God, we reach out to those affected in the Midwest by tornadoes.
      We are thankful for those who have found homes, but many are without a place to live.
      Help them, oh God, to receive the new homes You want them to have

      Lord, in times like these we learn the true meaning of community
      It’s about all of us doing what we can to be Your outstretched hands of mercy
      To be agape love poured out and running over

      Lord, please move in people’s hearts to help in all the ways they can
      Let us all be people of the heart to those in need
      To learn as we are taught in the seminary of compassion what loving others is all about


  2. I love this song! Thank you for posting.

    • I love it too! It speaks to how we all need a hiding place, a shelter from the storms of life. What tells me it was a leading of the Holy Spirit is that I thought my Lord wanted me to write about being still, and perhaps, that is a future blog. The tug on my spirit was strong to listen with my heart to “You are my hinding place.” on you tube. It was one of the videos under the subject of being still. As I listened to the song over and over again I was given the knowledge in my spirit, that I was to write about hiding places.

      Little did I know that shortly after posting my piece a man would be writing to me about the tornadoes ripping through the Midwest.

      God has moved this way so many times in my life. I was to share a prayer at our church service. I thought I would be praying on the subject of thankfulness. My Lord said to my spirit that I was to pray about offering comfort to those who are afraid.

      I spoke out my prayer. My heart pounded not with fear, but this overwhelming sense that I was to hear of a disaster, some horrifying news that would affect us all on a national and global level.

      I told a close friend that I knew the prayer was of great significance. Then, we listened to the radio. “There has been a bombing in Oklahoma city.” Then, I knew why my Lord asked me to share that prayer.

      Thanks for following my blogs. I pray they reach you in the way you need most.

      God’s richest blessings!


      • My son-in-law just lost his job, and he and my daughter are fearful of what the future may hold. They both are committed Christians, and I shared this song on each of their Facebook pages. I hadn’t heard the song in quite a while, and when you posted it, I knew I needed to share it with them. Thank you again. Blessings.

      • I know all too well the pain of unemployment. Many years ago I sent out so many resumes I could have wall papered my room with them. I kept being told “you are over-qualified.” I would be asked, “Why did you apply for this job? It’s an entry level position.” Hmmm Well, there’s something about needing to eat that caused me to think Heh! I need to look for work!”

        I reach out to your son-in-law and daughter in their situation. If your son–in-law is not part of the professional network Linkedin, he should seriously consider it. I’ve been on it about seven months. It’s been a lot of long hours networking, but it is yielding positive results. More people all around the world are seeing how God has gifted me as a writer, counselor, journalist, teacher, public speaker, singer,and songwriter. There have been days I fell asleep at my laptop working 12 to 14 hour days six days a week networking. I’ve already had an online Christian magazine express interest in my work. I may be collaborating with a colleague on a series of children’s books and a possible future animated TV series centred around the book synopsis of my piece “Global Heart Talks with Dr. Teddy.”

        Now, for me being a member of Linkedin is part of a larger plan God is working on for the purpose of poverty alleviation.This vision for a world-wide charitable foundation came as I cried out to God in March, feeling helpless to address the injustice and inhumanity of poverty throughout the world.

        Here’s the plan.

        The Holy Sprit spoke to my heart to become a member of Linkedin to share His plan and also network for employment. It looks like God in the immediate wants me to open a private counseling practice here in Englehart, northern Ontario. He also wants me continuing with my M.Th. Missions thesis about educating society and the Church about the beauty and blessing there is in the souls of those with developmental challenges at L’Arche Richmond Hill. I will be continuing work on my M.Div. at Trinity College in the University of Toronto along with my wife, Karen. In an awesome working of the Lord, He is opening all the doors for studies there.

        We have much to learn to address the growing problems in people’s lives and our global village. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare our hearts for the calling God has upon our lives, and as we are mentored by our wise professors and pastoral supervisors.

        It is clear that the Lord is building towards the time when more and more people will see “God’s International Poverty Alleviation Plan.” Already 1,577 contacts I have on Linkedin all around the world have seen it. My wife, Karen, says that sometimes God tells us the answer is wait. So, I’ll just continue to wait upon the Lord as I share His plan with others.

        I would like to do all I can to help your son-in-law get employment. Here is what I can do to help. I will look at his resume and cover letter and offer to make his resume and cover letter shine. This is my gift to you and your family for being a faithful follower of Marmar’s blog. If your son-in-law likes the job I do for him, he could refer others for this assistance. If their resume and cover letter only requires light editing I will charge $20. Medium editing $25. Heavy editing $35.

        You could also let your contacts know that we offer editorial service. Our fees per page are: $1.00 for light editing, $2.00 medium editing and $3.00 heavy editing. Our email address is: Karen is an exceptional story editor. My specialties are copy editing and using my journalism, pastoral and counselor training to help people write with realism. I can put a “hook” in the title of a book,story, business proposal or essay to increase reader appeal.

        We plan to have a web site advertising our editorial service by the end of the month. We have been researching who would provide us with the most appealing web site.

        85% of our fees for our M. Div. studies are covered through a generous bursary program at Trinity College. The editorial service would help pay for the other 15% of our fees.

        I am also hoping to get public speaking or preaching engagements with honorariums. I’m already networking with many people towards this end.

        If your son-in-law connects with me on Linkedin, I will accept him into my network. I will then look among my contacts and inform key contacts relating to your son-in-law’s career area, that he is looking for work.

        Having known how so many hurt when one is unemployed and they wonder about their family’s future it’s the least I can do to help.



      • Thank you. I will tell him everything you’ve said. God bless.

  3. I sometimes wonder if my fears are worthwhile in a sense after god does not give us more than we can handle right?

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