“Now when Athaliah, Ahaziah’s mother, saw that her son was dead, she set about to destroy all the royal family. But Jehosheba, King Joram’s daughter, Ahaziah’s sister, took Joash son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s children who were about to be killed; she put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Thus she hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not killed; he remained with her six years, hidden in the house of the LORD, while Athaliah reigned over the land.” 2 Kings 11:1-3
Thank God for aunts who are willing to protect their nephews and nieces from an evil grandmother! Thank God for an aunt who knew the perfect place to hide a young boy so as to allow him to grow. What better place to hide a child than “in the house of the LORD”! This hits home for me. Just this week I was told of a young mother who is having to run from the abusive father of her children, she is hiding out so the kids can finish the school year and not be abducted then taken out of state. Can you imagine the trauma, the unsettled feeling of sleeping with one eye open, looking over your shoulder never knowing if evil is going to catch up with you? If only she would seek help and accept help from the Body of Christ – hide her children and herself in the house of the LORD. Where do you run to, where do you attempt to hide from evil? O that I would always hide in the shelter of the most high God!