I had to be educated. That’s a storm shelter.
For homes located in Tornado Alley, an underground storm shelter makes a lot of sense to me. When dangerous storm winds threaten, a “fraidy hole” offers a ready refuge of protection.
Our hearts are like homes in Tornado Alley. We all have been hit hard by storm winds in this life. Each of us has endured trauma and suffered serious injuries. And we’ve all learned how to take cover when skies are threatening.
All of us have fraidy holes in our hearts, hiding places where we seek protection from life’s damaging winds.
Our storm shelters come in a wide variety of designs. We can hide in fraidy holes of anger, laughter, withdrawal, social busyness, detachment, dependency, failure, achievement. It’s endless, really.
I’ve had several fraidy holes that were connected by a network of tunnels.
We each built our own storm shelters out of urgent necessity some time ago when we were wounded badly in a traumatic storm. For a season, our fraidy holes provided the protection our hearts needed.
But we can’t live in our underground hideaways. I’ve tried. It’s cramped down there. And when people came to visit, I was never at home. I was inaccessible to my guests because I was safely underground. That’s no way to live.
Fraidy holes offer us limited, temporary cover. If we refuse to come out of hiding, the shelters we’ve depended upon to keep us out of harm’s way will inevitably do us harm. And our persistent hiding will surely cause injury to others. Sooner or later, we have to come out.
Here’s the good news. Jesus put Himself in the path of the Ultimate Storm so that we might be protected. He tells us it’s safe to come out now. And He offers Himself as the only shelter we’ll ever need.
Is it time for you to come out of hiding?