Hide and Seek
Do you remember playing hide and seek when you were a kid and finding that perfect hiding spot? The one that made the game go on forever because no one could find you? Once everyone had given up, they discovered that you had found the best hiding spot ever! From then on, every time you played, that spot became the first place anyone searched.
Have you ever felt like God is playing a really good game of hide and seek? You know He’s there, somewhere, but you feel like you just can’t find Him? Most of the time we get tired of “playing”. We give up and go on with our day forgetting about Him, or worse, we begin searching for other things to replace the void that is left in His absence. Don’t be deceived! Those things are only temporary when compared to the eternal life, love, joy, and peace that Jesus brings. If we live our lives with this passive approach to Jesus then we run the risk of becoming simple casual believers instead of pure diligent seekers.
It’s important to understand that just “finding” God is not the end of the game. We need to seek after Him daily and invite Him to actively participate in our lives throughout the day. Jesus told us, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself daily and take up his cross and follow me.”
God is really not as evasive as this analogy might make Him out to be. He wants us to be diligent seekers but He has also made himself easy to find. Especially for anyone who is really searching. His game of hide and seek is like a Father playing with his children, all the while teaching them how to search for Him. He gives us all kinds of clues to finding Him. He also calls to us and draws us to Him.
Jesus said, “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”
It’s no surprise that He is also completely aware of our hiding spots! He knows when we are hiding from him. Adam and Eve played a game of hide and seek with God too. They hid from Him because of their shame after eating the forbidden fruit. I think it’s kind of funny that God still played along even though He knew exactly where they were. He knew the reason they were hiding was because they had sinned. He still searched and found them. He even provided clothing to cover their shamed, naked bodies.
Once we understand where to look, we see that He is all around us. We find Him in the word, in nature, and more. We as believers have His Spirit living in us, therefore we should be able recognize Him in one another.
Could it be that one of the reasons why so many struggle to find God is because we, as carriers of his Holy Spirit, do a poor job of reflecting His image?
It seems to be even more challenging to find God when we are facing a dark or difficult season in our lives. However, sometimes we would play hide and seek in the dark. It somehow made the game more mysterious and challenging. We would have to search a little harder, and allow our eyes to adjust to the darkness. Similarly, in the midst of those dark seasons we experience, we need to search a little harder and adjust our eyes. It usually takes time, so don’t give up. Instead, be patient. Remember that Jesus is the light of the world! He provides the light we need to be able to see in the darkness. He can help us change our perspective so we are able see Him, even in those difficult situations.
Understand that God reveals himself to us a little at a time. There is always more we can discover about Him, so I encourage you to seek for Him diligently. I promise you will not be disappointed. It becomes easy to recognize Him in something as simple as the smile of a stranger or in a passage you’ve read a hundred times that suddenly comes alive! It’s really the most fun and rewarding game of hide and seek you’ll ever play, because every time you do…you win!