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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)

TITLE: A Closet's Point of View
By Marilyn Schnepp


And the Lord God called out, "Where art thou, Adam?"

Can you believe the popular and familiar game of "Hide and Seek" began more than 7,000 years ago in the Garden of Eden? And that God Almighty was actually the first to be tentively called "It"?

It's rather staggering for the mind to comprehend that sad scene in paradise so long ago, depicted in Genesis 3:8,9 KJV, turning out to be a child's number one 'fun game' when growing up many centuries later.

Nor is it easy to comprehend that a regular every-day closet, like myself, which is dark, stuffy and quite small, and where clothes hang out, suitcases lounge on top shelves gathering dust, bright Christmas packages are hidden behind golf clubs, and where shoes and slippers litter the floor... that I am actually being used regularly as a safe haven, a port in the storm and a secret hideaway for society's outcasts, rejects and persecuted.

Through the years I have harbored the closet smoker, the incest survivor, the un-wed mother, people who deviate from both Biblical and Society's laws of normal sexual behavior, PLUS being a shield against the winds and storms of life. Not to mention being tagged with having "skeletons being found within my four cloistered walls."

Before I became the modern-day closet, my ancestors were caves where kings hid from their enemies, (King David for one), and Christians hid from their persecutors. Then the caves begot "the underground" during WWII, which worked to hide and rescue those that were fleeing from persecution and death, and became their "oasis in the storm".

Sure, closets have had many skeletons locked away within their walls, but we have saved more lives in our small, dark, drab and airless little rooms than many a massive parlor in a mansion or a palace.

Bit by bit Society has come around to accepting some of their rejects and outcasts, and therefore some have courageously walked out of the closet in large groups and have now joined the mainstream...and for the first time in years I've been able to kick back and enjoy the solitude of just being myself; a closet where clothes hang out, where luggage awaits on the top shelves for the next trip, and children play "Hide & Seek" within my windowless walls. And, oh yes, closets still have those who come in to pray (per Matt: 6:6 KJV, where the Lord invites them to go into their closet and pray in secret)

I sigh with relief as I take a deep breath and inhale the sweet scent of solitude mixed with moth balls. Then suddenly I hear it. The faltering footstep, the fumbling hand searching for the door knob, and the unmistakable "hic-cup" as they slowly open my door.

Yes, another Outcast with a penchant for alcohol is desperately seeking for a safe and peaceful place to hide his habit, his bottle, his good name...and he finds it within my cloistered walls.

If you wish to know the meaning of "Hide and Seek", just look behind the creaking door into the inner sanctum a/k/a/ "THE CLOSET...and you will find the truth.

Footnote: Thanks to this writer for allowing " The Closet" to speak it's piece through their pen.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/14/08
This is the first sermon I ever heard preached by a closet! You get lots of truths aired with your personification. Good job.
Ellen Dodson08/14/08
How frustrating and heartbreaking that some never realize that Christ waits with them in "the closet," willing to deliver them from sin and shame. Cleverly personified. I actually felt some sympathy and much respect for closets! ;)