Tag, you’re it!
Do you remember playing hide & seek as a child? I could find some of the most amazing spots to hide because who wants to be IT? Not I! One of my favorite hiding spaces was under Grandpa and Grandma’s front porch. Wooden lattice surrounded the darkness beneath, and usually, only the garden hose hid there. No one looked there because of the resident – spiders. Well, everyone except yours truly. When I hid in the dark recesses under that porch, no one could spy me.
I can’t imagine hiding under that porch today with all the creepy crawly things that live there. But, back in the day, I didn’t seem to fear them. Or perhaps, my desire to win the game exceeded any fear I might have had.
Today, many of us hide not under the porch but behind our electronic screens. Like the Wizard of Oz, we try to portray an image of bigger, better, wiser, more powerful, and more fun living, so no one will discover just who we really are. The pandemic didn’t help either. We all were ‘hidden’ as we were isolated behind screens during the months we isolated ourselves. Those screens used for work, worship, and socializing gave us a safe space to conceal our true identity.
Then, as we stepped out of isolation and met people face-to-face once again, we sometimes strained to recognize each other. For example, during those long months of quarantine, my hair color dulled to the shine of my natural color – gray. When someone sees me for the first time in a few years, they pause and look. I joke and say, “I’m living the truth!” They seem to understand and even comment on the “natural beauty” of my hair.
If we are truthful, we all have tried to hide something from someone. Often, we do this to soften the impact of a situation. Or perhaps we want to appear in control. Or we don’t want to disappoint. I know I’m guilty of that. The One I have tried to hide from most often knows me the most, my heavenly Father. I can’t hide from HIM.
God certainly isn’t hiding; we simply need to seek Him.
In Psalm 24:1 (NLT), Kind David reminds us that God is everywhere. “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.”
The more of God I seek, the more of God I find. Look at the rays of sunshine. Feel the breeze on your face. Hear the birds singing in the treetops. God is everywhere. What a grand and glorious feeling! He loves us as we are, gray hair, wrinkles, imperfections, and all.
We don’t have to screen anything from God our Father!