Who remembers playing a good old fashion game of hide and seek when you were kids?
This game was a classic from my own childhood. Many times it was played at birthday parties. One party in particular I thought it would be a good idea to hide inside my friends dryer.
I sat in there for what felt like forever until I started to think they had given up on me, so I began yelling out, “Over here!”
The seekers came running in the laundry room as I was tapping on the inside for an extra clue of where I was.
They laughed at my unique hiding spot and from that time forward we would always be sure to check the dryer when the game first began.
Many years have passed since those innocent childhood years and yet I still find myself playing a game of hide and seek with God more times than I like to admit.
The only difference is, God who is Sovereign and Omnipresent, already knows my heart, my motives, and my every move before it’s ever even made. Yes much better than I myself even know it. He doesn’t need to seek, rather it’s the one who is hiding who has to seek for the seeker Himself.
He being the seeker and I being the hider have a relationship much like the game. If I do a “good”enough job in life, keeping silent and refusing to cry out for help through repentance and prayer, the likelihood is good that God will be far from my heart.
However seeing that Gods Will is for each of us to establish a relationship with Him who gives us life, He is truly there for all who call upon Him.
What does this look like? Does this mean we ask Him for promotions? Ask Him for fame and glory? Ask Him for outer beauty? An abundance of material possessions and funds?
When we come down with the slightest bit of discomfort in life we want Him to heal us so we can get back to life where we were before. Never wanting to face trials. Perfectly content doing things our way. Same old same old routines.
Maybe we’ve been taught that God helps the ones who help themselves. Push on forward never showing weakness, as weakness shows mercy and mercy isn’t for the proud at heart friends.
Yes I believe we have it wrong. I’m guessing you’ve all played the game yourselves and most of you would get tired of sitting alone waiting for the seeker to find you. Only those too proud of their unique hiding spot would refuse to be found.
I think it’s safe to say that few playing this game would actually sit in a hole waiting to be found any longer than a few minutes, much less a few days, months, or even years. We would cry out as I did or come forth into full view exposed so the game could continue on.
Yet when we stop viewing our life as a game of hide and seek and really inspect it under microscopic vision, we see that most humans refuse to be found. They refuse to call out. If they do choose to do so, it’s during their own timing. Once they have taken what they need to restore themselves they quickly forget about our Father who provides us with our entire source of eternal hope.
Jesus says to us , “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
We must stop thinking life is found through our own accomplishments. That our status in society will reward us with a place in heaven. This is just not so. God rewards those who choose to seek. Those who want to know the truth. The truth truly will set us free.
After all it’s not much of a game of hide and seek if the one who is being sought, refuses to be found.