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Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)
TITLE: Is There A Deeper Maning?
By Tawnya Brown
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At first thought the title reminds me of the childhood game. A second glance makes me think about how the game has become as important to parents as to their children. Sometimes it is used for bonding while other times it is used to give parents a few minutes to themselves. But is there a deeper meaning to the title then it suggests?
As children we wait silently in the perfect hiding spot waiting for someone to find us. It never crosses our minds that we may not be found, we just hope we are the last ones to be found. There is no fear, no uncertainty, just fun. Pure, untainted fun.
As adults we watch our children or the children in our neighborhood and reflect on how happy we used to be when we played. As a parent, I have found myself initiating a game of hide and seek for the sole purpose of trying to capture a couple minutes of silence and rest while slowly counting to one hundred.
For many of us the meaning of hide and seek ends there, but is that all there is to the game? While reflecting on what I would write, I contemplated what this title has to do with Christians. Do we play hide and seek with God? Does God play hide and seek with us? The answer is, yes! We often do it on a daily basis. We know God sees everything but in the moment we revert back to Adam and Eve hiding in the bushes as if God won’t find us there. We put on our disguises thinking that no one will know our secrets, hiding our realities. We often ask God to seek us rather than seeking Him.
In a time where we need to be saying, ”Ready or not here I come,” we opt to remain hidden in silence waiting to be found. We shudder at the thought of becoming “it” when we should be saying, “God here I am, ready or not, here I am. Use me, change me, mold me in your likeness.” There is no place on earth where God cannot see us. He will always find us no matter how well we try to hide.
God will often use silence to draw us back to Him. Is He really hiding? No, but it may feel that way. Sometimes God will wait for us to reveal ourselves to Him. We can hide for as long as we want but God is patient. He will remain hidden as well until we turn to Him and seek Him earnestly. Then God will say, “You found me! Now it is my turn.” He will show you everything you need to know. When you are in Christ, He is in you. No more hiding, just seeking and knowing.
While hide and seek will forever remain a fun game for children everywhere, it cannot become a game we play with Christ. We must be visible. People need to see Jesus in us. It may be the only way they come to know the love of God. We must be forever seeking God to be used by God. No one can hide from the One who was, is and will always be “it.”
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