by Angie Wilson
If I could cup the face of sweet mommas, I’d tell them, “This secret is necessary for survival. You cannot mother well without it.” So, what is the secret?
As Bible studies and discipleship groups came to a close for the summer, I began asking God what He’d have me do in my time with Him over the next few months. I spent several days praying for His direction. I sensed Him saying to me, “Come closer. Dig deeper. Search for Me. Know Me.”
“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
I was already doing this. My time with Him had been fiery and steady. I wasn’t sleeping through alarms or dozing in my spot (well, not often anyway). To what exactly was He calling me?
I skimmed through my long list of “must-read-but-how-will-I-ever-have-time-for-these” books and He set my eyes on “Secrets of the Secret Place” by Bob Sorge. It was as if He divinely pointed to it. So, I added this to my Bible reading and prayer time for the summer.
In his book, Bob Sorge refers to our time with the Father as the “secret place.” This comes from words spoken by Jesus in Matthew 6:6, “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.”
As a mom, can you imagine a greater blessing to pass on to your children than revelation from God Almighty? Imagine the Lord cupping His mouth with His hand, leaning over to your ear and whispering truth right into it! The Lord began showing me that even though I was being faithful in my time with Him, He had even more for me! And until we stand before Him in eternity, there will always be a vast treasure of truth still to learn. This happens in the secret place.
Mothering is hard. This certainly is no secret at all. To survive and thrive in mothering, our secret place must be in tip top shape, allowing no one and nothing to interfere with our one on one time with the Creator. I have been at this mothering thing for 12 short years, so I am far from expert status. However, I have become an expert in one thing…knowing my immense and desperate need for God at the helm of my mothering ship. I know I cannot disciple my sons apart from an intentional and continual relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Bob Sorge says, “The secret place is your portal to the throne, the place where you taste of heaven itself.” Why would we, as moms, ever miss out on this treasure?
I want to encourage you to set aside time to meet God in the secret place…every single day. Make it your top priority. Set aside a time and a place and have it prepared ahead of time. Let nothing stand in the way of entering into the presence of your Savior to hear from His word and to commune with Him in prayer.
Sunday morning sermons cannot replace the secret place (I have the best pastor in the country). This is not enough. Weekly Bible studies cannot replace the secret place (I also have the best Bible study teachers). This is not enough. A quick read of the “verse of the day” cannot replace the secret place. This is not enough. To know Him, to hear from Him, to have Him burn like fire within requires reckless abandonment to the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is calling out to you to spend time with Him. Psalm 27:8 tells us that He is asking that we come and talk with Him. My favorite line from Sorge’s book is this…”When you neglect the secret place, He’s not disappointed in you, He’s disappointed for you.” The enemy of your soul and the father of lies would have you believe that you are a failure, a loser, a lousy Christ follower because you missed your time with God. In His perfect character, God does not view His children this way. Rather, He misses the opportunity to pour out the spiritual riches He longs to lavish on you.
Ask yourself these questions. Am I in desperate pursuit of God? Am I allowing His word to feed and sustain me daily? Am I intoxicated with His presence? Am I spiritually hungry? Am I dependent on what others give me or am I being filled with my personal Bible study and prayer time? Is time with Him more important than anything else in my day?
Your Heavenly Father waits with anticipation, the same anticipation you see as your children wait to open a Christmas or birthday gift. He cannot WAIT for you to settle into that spot each morning. He cannot wait for you to open His love letter to you and pray back to Him what you have just read. He cannot wait for you to be still and know that He is God and hear His response to your requests. Do not miss it. Do not miss His revelation and the gift of seeing more of who He is. There is no substitute. It really is a secret place…a place where only you and He sit, communing heart to heart.