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Another Game of Hide and Seek

by Joanna Pierce on May 11, 2016

It’s the sound of feet padding quickly down the hallway, elevated breathing, and a quickened heartbeat. It’s the mental exercise of making quick decisions, moving strategically, and planning an escape route. It’s the sudden change in emotion, adrenaline rushing through the blood stream, and the overall enjoyment of the it all. It’s just another game of hide-and-seek.

I remember playing numerous games of hide-and-seek as a child and into my “tween” years. I hold the reigning title in my family for the best hiding place—it took my family ages to unearth my hideout.

Why the concept of hiding is a thrill to children is a mystery. Even playing peak-a-boo as infants is a monumental experience. But, while we like to point our fingers at children and laugh at them for their naiveté, hide-and-seek is not too distant of an activity to adults as it may seem. The best player of the game is the one you see looking back at you in the mirror.

We all like to hide—character flaw, past failure, family drama, social anxiety, etc.—the list is endless. There are just some things in our lives that we aren’t even willing to put on Facebook! Instead of broadcasting to the world, we’re desperately trying to avert our eyes, draw every drapery, and close every door to conceal ourselves.

Hiding isn’t just something we do from people; we’ve become an expert hider (reigning champion) when it comes to our relationship with God. And, in this scenario? We’re hiding due to similar reasons or because God’s asked us to do something and we haven’t done (or won’t do) it yet.

Remember Jonah? He didn’t want to deliver a message to Nineveh so he stowed away in the side of a ship (Jonah 1:1–5). Remember Gideon? He hid behind a winepress (Judges 6:11) and snuck around at night (Judges 6:27). Remember Elijah? He got freaked out Jezebel was going to kill him and took up residence in a cave (I Kings 19:9). The common thread between these stories? The men were all hiding, but God found every single one of them.

Scripture tells us nothing is hidden from God’s sight (Hebrews 4:13). Whether we’ve done something bad (or good), the Lord sees it. He even knows what we’re going to do before we do it—as He knows our thoughts before we think them (Psalms 139:2) and knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10)! It is impossible to play hide-and-seek with God, and yet we try time and time again. Some of us have been attempting this game our entire life.

Adults like to “pretend” they can’t find the children they’re seeking during a game of hide-and-seek. God doesn’t pretend that He doesn’t know us or that He doesn’t see us. Most of the time, He wants us to know that He already knows.

But, are we ready to admit we’ve been found or found out?

Stop pretending. Stop sweeping things under a rug. Stop trying to be sly. Stop hiding. Let’s embrace the fact that God wants us to be found. And, He wants us to draw close to Him instead of drawing away from Him. We need to stop lurking in the shadows, but instead step into the shadow of the Almighty (Psalms 91:1).

Still not ready to give up the game? Pray that God can deliver you from the snare of a “hiding” mentality. You’ll find that He can be your ultimate hiding place; He will keep you and deliver you (Psalms 32:7). Don’t play hide-and-seek with God. Just hide in Him.