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Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)
TITLE: The History of Hide and Seek
By nicole wian
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Then He asked where we were. And I knew He already knew. So Adam answered, which was smart. It would have been foolish to be silent, when Iím sure He could see us, anyway. We stepped out and thatís when the questions came. I guess, He was just seeing what we had to say for ourselves. He knew everything already, but we still had to answer. I was so ashamed. And then indignant when Adam tried to blame it all on me. So, I tried to blame it on the serpent, but really I knew my fault. I couldnít even look at God. I stared at the ground as He cursed the serpent, and then told Adam and me what our punishment would be. I understood why we had to leave.
But I was grateful that God didnít turn His back on us. He lovingly clothed us Himself, and then stayed close by, even when we left the garden. Of course, I miss the garden. Iíll always regret that stupid decision. Life is thousands of times harder out here. But I know God is fair. I donít doubt that for a moment. And I know Heís still been with us. He was there when I cried out in childbirth. He was there when Adam had to suddenly labor for our food. He could have abandoned us, but he didnít.
Iíve told all my children the story of how we came to live outside of paradise. As hard as it was, I relayed everything about the serpent and that day. I even told them that we tried to hide from God. .And then as a life lesson for my children, to teach them about being obedient to God, I taught them a little game. I named it Hide and Seek. One child is the seeker. He counts with his eyes closed and the rest of the children run and hide. The seeker then must find those hiding. The game provides the children with endless fun, but most importantly, it is a reminder to them that we have a fair and all knowing God. A God that always had our best interest in mind.
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