Hide and Seek
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
– Psalm 139:7-10
Each of my children, when they were very, very young, loved to play hide and seek. Their version was different to the one you may be familiar with, though.
They thought that if their eyes were covered up, they became invisible. It was adorable, really. I’d look over and see them sitting with their hands over their eyes and big goofy grins on their faces. Then I’d say, “Austin!! Where are you, Austin? Brian, have you seen Austin? He was just here a minute ago!”
All the while, whichever child it was would erupt in giggles, finally flinging their hands away from their face and proclaiming, “Here I am!” Then we’d hug and kiss and talk about how much I’d missed them and was so happy they were back. Such fun memories.
It’s more than just memories, though. I’m certain I acted exactly like that just last month.
Maybe I closed my eyes in weeping. Maybe in despair. Perhaps I was just too plain old exhausted to hold them open anymore. For whatever reason, I refused to look. And the longer I sat there, the more I felt as if I must surely be invisible to my Savior. I began to wonder where He was and if He even cared to try and find me.
I am not young, not young in my faith, either. And this is definitely not a game.
He does see me.
God looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God. – Psalm 53:2
And while I’m searching for Him,
O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water. – Psalm 63:1
I have His promise that He will be found.
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:8
I think it’s safe to look now. I think it’s safe to giggle. We have some memories to make, God and I. We’ll start with hugs and kisses and Him talking about how much He missed me and is so happy I’m back.
Even though neither of us actually went anywhere, the reunion will be sweet. Because my God is.
Heavenly Father, You are an amazing Parent, an amazing King, a perfect God. Thank You for taking the time out, anytime, to let me know that I’m special and that You love me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…
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