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Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)
TITLE: Just Married!
By Corinne Boback
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Surprisingly, my bridegroom began to tell me about presents he had hidden from me. He would smile at me with adoration and love, and with a twinkle of mischief in his eyes! I soon recognized that smile as his way of getting me to ask what he was smiling about. He would hold me and say, “I have another gift for you to seek and find. It is hidden, but not so far removed that you will not find it if you truly desire it!”
And so the hunt, my “seeking” would begin. I would look in all of the obvious places first. Was it in the bureau drawer? On the top shelf of my bedroom closet? Perhaps in the kitchen cupboard behind the tall drinking glasses! Oh, just where could his gift be hidden?
Finally exasperated and exhausted, I would fall into his waiting arms, only to squirm out of his grip. Trying to muster up some anger, I would insist he tell me just where this gift was hidden. Looking into his penetrating blue eyes, there was no way to stay angry. His very look melted my heart. Tomorrow was another day, and I would search again. For now, I was content in his arms of love for the evening.
Eventually, I would find the hidden treasure. It would be tucked away in a place that never occurred to me to look at the start of my search. It may take me days, months or even years to find this gift so well hidden. But when I would find it, I realized how precious this gift was, and it was worth all the time and effort it took me to discover it.
The years march on. We continue to play “hide and seek.” The deeper our love grows, the more I enjoy this game. Anything worth having from the groom who adores me is worth searching for. He is only hiding them so that when they are found, I will appreciate them so much more. The gifts are not hidden to make me work for them as some would think. They are hidden for my good, so that when they are found, I will know their value and treat them accordingly.
It is March 3, 1987. It is the day that Jesus Christ became my Bridegroom. No other day has been as special to me as that day in all of the years that have followed. I did indeed laugh with joy, and cry with relief the day He became my Husband. I was in the middle of a restaurant when a friend introduced me to my Groom. I truly did not care what anyone thought of my emotions, because it was the day my Bridegroom came to me at last.
And those gifts? They were hidden deeply inside of me before the foundation of the world. They were tucked safely away until the day Jesus became my Lord, my Bridegroom, and my all in all. Those gifts have been worth seeking after, each one more delightful and cherished than the one before.
When my Bridegroom knows I am ready for yet another of the gifts in hiding, He just smiles at me. I know Him that well. I begin to search, not in the “obvious” places, but in the innermost part of my being, the spiritual heart He has given me as His bride. For these gifts are far greater in worth than the diamonds and rubies of the world. They are spiritual nuggets of truth, the truth of who He is, and the truth of who I am in His Kingdom. As I discover these gifts, I am transformed more and more into the very image of God.
Oh, please excuse me. My Groom is smiling that smile again! It is most certainly time for another game of “hide and seek!”
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