Published on March 23rd, 2012 | by Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp1
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek is one of the all time best games of childhood. There is such excitement for the children hiding, trying to find the best spot quickly, then trying to slow down their rapid breathing so whoever is IT will not hear them. Then there is the child who is IT, eager with the anticipation of the hunt and finding that first person. Running, hiding, seeking and being children is so much fun.
We play that game as adults without knowing it. We are constantly hiding that part of our self that we don’t want anyone else to know about. We could be hiding something revealing about how we really feel, a lifestyle that may not be acceptable to others, addictions we are ashamed of or just those insecurities we wish did not exist. As the person who is IT, we are on a constant search in life to seek out its meaning. We lead this search sometimes with excitement and anticipation and other times with the dread of finding what we don’t want to face. We run away from others and we seek things that are unreachable. As adults, hide and seek is not always fun.
God never hides. God only seeks. What God is seeking is not those shameful characteristics about our humanness or our failures. God is seeking the goodness we hold within; He put it there when He created us. God sees us crouched behind the flowers and nudges us to come out. God wants to see us vulnerable and open to His forgiveness and love. God is not seeking you out to punish you, so stop hiding. God is seeking you out to love you, to heal you, to be close to you. God never hides or runs away; He is right there with you, seeking the you He knows is deep within.
“Olly, olly oxen free! Game’s over.” Stop hiding and let God win. Let Him love you fully and you will win as well.