How many of us remember playing hide and seek when we were kids? The feeling of retreating to our hiding spot in hopes that we wouldn’t be caught before we could make it back to “base” or “safety”. The object of the entire game is for others to HIDE while one person is to SEEK those people out.
Anyone starting to see the parallel I am loosing alluding to yet? I’ll try to make it more clear:
- can be one, two or many (depending on how many players in the game)
- are to find “secret places” to hide
- wait until the right moment to make and move and not be seen
- while in hiding are thinking, “I hope they don’t see me” and “I hope I am not caught”
- while there are many hiders, THERE IS ONE SEEKER
- they close their eyes for a period of time so they cannot see where the hiders are going to hide
- once they are done counting they immediate go on a hunt to find the lost (I mean hiders) 🙂
- while they are seeking out people, they are thinking, “I need to find them” and “What clues can I look for to help me to know where they are?”
Still confused where I’m going with this?
GOD IS OUR SEEKER
We may attempt to hide from Him, either as a lost person or a believer plagued with shame and guilt, but either way He seeks us out and He will find us.
He seeks us out when:
we are avoiding intimate time with Him because of something we said or did
when we feel completely lost and alone
While we may try to hide from God, to hide those ugly and messy parts, God sees and He knows. He sees us in the good, bad and the ugly (even when you lose your temper with your spouse/kids or when you backslide in a unhealthy habit)
He sees. He knows. He loves us still.
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Psalm 119:176 – I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
We may try to hide, but God seeks us out. But when we hide and we don’t feel worthy of going before him, we give the enemy an advantage. He will do anything and everything he can to steal, kill and destroy what God is doing. That tug that you feel to apologize or ask for forgiveness is Godly sorrow. The very fact you have that “Ut oh” feeling is evidence that you have the Holy Spirit in you.
2 Corinthians 7:10- Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
When “the seeker” finds us, we are far from put together, but when we use that tug to pull us towards God and not away from Him, we are made new in His grace.
To experience the fullness of God you must embrace the fullness of forgiveness.
Just like the actual game of hide and seek, we can be relieved when we are found, because that means that we don’t have to take matters into our own hands and try to find our way back to “base” or “safety” because when we follow the one that “seeks” us we will also be found, and never have to “hide” again.
If you enjoyed this post, I have other posts that discuss childhood games in terms of our relationship with God (who knew there are many common themes among childhood games?!) My Discovery of Emotional Freedom through my Food Addiction, Are you Hot, Cold or Just Right? (How to take your “Emotional Temperature”), When we play pretend as grown ups
Blessings sweet friends!