Have you been to The Secret Place? If you have…you know there is no place like it and, really, no way to adequately articulate it into words.
It is a place that is unique to each individual.
It is a place where we disconnect from the things of this earth and enter a realm of existence where sin, sickness, hurt, pain, fear, shame, and all other things that threaten to destroy us cannot grip us. It is a heavenly realm where we experience complete freedom as we become fully immersed and encapsulated in the love of our Father.
It is a place of perfect peace…a place of rest.
It is a place where the joy of the Lord is full and complete within us.
It is a place where gratitude rises up to such a degree that we feel like we are going to burst because we can’t contain it all.
It is a “secret” because the enemy has no idea how to enter that place…and he never will.
So…how do we get there?
I can’t speak for you…but it has been my experience that, when I surrender complete control to God, the door to The Secret Place is opened.
During my journey through “the valley of the shadow of death,”…aka a breast cancer diagnosis…I chose to surrender control of my life and my future to the one…the ONLY one…who was capable of carrying me through the twists and turns and various landscapes that were ahead of me.
At times when my body has been assaulted by cancer, cancer treatment, and all the side-effects that result from the instability that causes the body to enter a state of utter confusion…I have found myself in a state-of-being where I have experienced the euphoria of complete peace, joy, and gratitude…The Secret Place.
While going through “the valley of the shadow of death,”…I discovered another shadow.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. “ – Psalm 91:1 KJV.
Just to give you a little more insight into what it has been like for me to experience The Secret Place, I will share this story with you…
We had been planning to travel from California to North Carolina for my sister-in-law and future brother-in-law’s wedding. The wedding was going to be 18 days after my 7th round of chemo, so we felt like I should be feeling pretty good by then.
We were SO excited!!! Well…a few days before the trip, I developed mouth sores and very sore glands along my jawline. I felt very lethargic and had flu-like symptoms. I believe that my body was fighting to keep an infection from developing from those mouth sores/open wounds.
This put me in a very difficult position…Should I stay, or should I go? It was killing me to have to make that decision. At the last minute, I decided to go. I did not want to have any regrets.
This is where the story gets good…
Once I decided to go, I began to experience a sense of peace, AND when I got on that plane, there was no turning back, so l surrendered that trip and my body to God.
The interesting thing was that, even though the mouth sores were still there, and the glands were still swollen, I was not experiencing any distress. I felt good! The discomfort was still there, BUT my emotions and thoughts were, for the majority of the time, completely disconnected from feeling or even being aware of the discomfort.
I was bursting with joy, peace, energy, and excitement. It was a wonderfully unforgettable vacation that reminded me that when we trust God, he will take us to a place that transcends our human understanding…The Secret Place.
This is not the first or only time that I have experienced this. I wish that I could live in that state-of-being 24/7.
I’m not sure if that is possible, but I sure would like to find out!
It is my prayer that we would all become so familiar with The Secret Place that it becomes our new residence and not just a vacation destination.
Prayer is where it all begins…so let’s start there.
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. “ – Matthew 6:6 NKJV