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Hide and Seek?

Hide and Seek?

Not too long ago we added on to our house. The addition was built in the side yard so the process began with new foundations being poured. Once they were set, it was fun to see progress each day.

One day after the studs were erected, one of my grandchildren came running in the house. “Hey, Rose, let’s play hide and seek in the new house.”

I looked out the window. “In the new house?”

“Yes, come on, it will be fun.”

So we went out to the new construction. The children decided who was “it” and the game began. I looked at those studs. Most were 2” x 4.” I looked at those skinny little boards. I’m not sure what my dimensions were at the time but I wasn’t sure how I was going to find any space to hide even half of me.

The children scurried around doing their best to squeeze into a corner or to keep their entire body behind a stud. I should have volunteered to be “it.” But they didn’t seem to realize my dilemma and I just commented over and over, “What a great game!”

“Isn’t this fun?” the children said repeatedly.

As the game progressed I looked at their faces, so innocent and really believing we couldn’t see them behind the new studs of the house.

And then it occurred to me. Didn’t I sometimes think I could hide from God? Sometimes I did something I wasn’t proud of. Maybe I made a poor parenting decision, or perhaps a bad personal decision that my children were witness to.

I didn’t want to have to own up to that with anybody. I wanted to just be invisible. But, of course, I owed my children an explanation. An uncomfortable teachable moment but a good one. Then I must confess to God. Couldn’t I just hide in my room until He turned His attention elsewhere? Surely I could find somewhere to be unseen—but I couldn’t.

Hebrews 4:13 (NLT) reminds us “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” I may think God is not paying attention to what I’m doing, but He is everywhere. Even though everywhere covers a lot of ground, God can be in all places because He is God.

So before we finished our game I took a few minutes to make use of this great object lesson. Just like you can’t completely hide yourself in a house that is only studs, you can’t hide yourself from God in a world where He is everywhere.

Think of a time when you felt like you wanted to hide from God. Find a time to tell your children how you felt and encourage them to live in a way that they will never want to hide from God.

By: Linda Gilden is an award-winning writer, speaker, editor, certified writing and speaking coach, and personality consultant. Linda is the author of 19 books and over 1000 magazine articles. She loves to grasp those teachable moments to point her children and grandchildren to God’s wisdom.

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One Comment

  1. Thought provoking post, Linda! Too often we can be deceived into thinking our deeds go unseen. What a great visual of no place to hide.

    I love how you interact lovingly with your grandchildren. It’s a good lesson for me, not to point out the obvious, “Umm, I can see you.” And to just go with the flow and enjoy the moment.

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