Hidden and Safe

Squirrel peeking out of a tree (photo: Craig Sabin)

Hidden away where nobody sees,
High in the arms of a cluster of trees,
Safe in a home where I know I belong,
Resting from stresses in One who is strong.

Life down below is all labor and toil,
To find nuts and seeds that I plant in the soil,
Watching for predators I must elude,
As I’m still actively searching for food.

My work is important, I know it deep down,
It’s not about me, see, I work for the Crown.
And so I stay busy throughout the long day,
Doing whatever work happens my way.

But up here above is the place that I love,
Higher and higher by Grace I will climb.
Altitude suits me, it fits like a glove,
A heavenly fortress with joy so sublime.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

The Letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 2, verses 4-6

“For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

The Letter to the Colossians, Chapter 3, verse 3

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

Deuteronomy, Chapter 33, verse 27

Amazingly, this little guy caught my eye from my window and my camera’s powerful zoom revealed his high altitude hiding place, lit by the early morning sun. Seeing him happily tucked away resting safely up high served me up a big helping of visual metaphor – the Christian believer’s spiritual dwelling place and untouchable security. A truth so strong that its future reality reaches back and invades the present.

Notwithstanding that we are yet down here below, in toil, affliction, suffering, and battle, we are nevertheless safe in the arms of our Heavenly Father, hidden with Christ our Beloved, seated in the heavenly realms. So, beloved of Christ, fight on, stand firm to the end, but take time even now to rest in this marvelous truth and worship the One who holds you fast. God bless!

© Craig Sabin 2020 All rights reserved

13 thoughts on “Hidden and Safe

  1. Craig,
    Thanks for choosing to use your photo skills and writing skills to bless others in spite of your physical suffering! It IS a blessing to me. I’ve been struggling recently but I really don’t have a very good reason other than I’m alone after losing my husband 4-1/2 yrs ago. I know the Lord is with me but I go my own way many times rather than drawing near to Him. Why? He has always been faithful and I know He will never let me down. Praise His Holy Name!

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    1. Pat, thank you for your kind and honest comment. I’m both humbled and glad if what I write and share can bless others and glorify our Lord Jesus. Life is so hard and we each have our unique struggles that the Lord in His unsearchable wisdom permits into our lives for purposes we can’t comprehend this side of eternity, but we can choose to trust they are good because we know He is good. The best thing we can do is to seek Him in His Word and in prayer until His Quiet Spirit calms us once more. He surely understands your situation, loves you more than you imagine, and is doing a work in your life so profound that you will rejoice when it is one day revealed.


  2. Craig, we have lots of squirrels around here. They like the huge acorns that plop onto our deck (and roof) with fanfare. As they scurry about on our deck (next to the window next to my desk) I shall now think of them differently, a reminder that I am a “worker for the Crown.” Love that phrase and your whole poem! Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Virginia! Personally, I love the reminders of spiritual truth that weave their way into daily living, it is one of the things that our Lord was a master at in His New Testament teachings!


    1. LOL, yes, the eye! I know what you mean, I estimate this guy was roughly 20 feet or so up, but he was yet in the lower portion of the tree! I like the new pic, very Fall!

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      1. My fall picture. I took a guy fishing last week on a nice 50’s day and he was taking pictures and sent this one to me…fun…now that guy is stranded in Istanbul for 4 days before his destination flight leaves (missionary).

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        1. Wow, the difference a week makes. Tough place for a Christian missionary (but then what place isn’t). Thank goodness our Good Shepherd watches over His own. God bless!

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