Playing Hide and Seek with God

(published in Cordele Dispatch 2/4/10)

There’s not a child I know that has not played the timeless game of hide and seek. When my son was little, he would beg me to play this game with him in the house. Of course, he never wanted to be “it”. He would go and hide as I counted loudly to give him advance warning. Even if I knew where he was hiding, I would pretend I didn’t and give him extra time to enjoy the game. Of course, when he finally accepted his turn to seek, I would hide in places where I knew he would be able to have the joy of finding me.

I was listening to a song one morning recently while driving to work. The lyrics of the song were talking about waiting for God, being found by God, running after God, and finding Him. I thought about my life and the times in my past when I ran from God as fast as I could. During those times of hiding from God, I did not want to be found – yet God never stopped chasing me. There were times; however, when he would stand still and wait. Those were the times that He knew I would be thinking about my situation and wondering where He was.

I remember one time in particular, all “out of the blue”, I heard him speak these words to my heart: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV). It was so unexpected that I’ll never forget it. He reminds me of that verse when I get so busy with everyday life that I forget about Him.

Now here I am approaching 40 years of age (that’s middle aged, of course) and I find myself running after God. The great thing is…I can always find Him. He never hides from those who are seeking Him. He takes joy in being found and invites us to seek Him daily. Isaiah 55:6 (NKJV) says: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”

Sometimes I can actually picture him smiling down at me as He waits for me to catch up with Him. And during those moments when I find myself down, discouraged by the things of this world and my own sin, He comes to me, finds me where I am, and reminds me that the game is won. He has already overcome the world.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” John 16:33 (NKJV).

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