For most adults, it may be that it’s been a while since you have played the game “Hide and Seek”. Recently, my four year old has been loving the game more and more. He counts to 10 and I scramble to hide, as I know the last numbers he counts will come faster than I anticipate!
A few weeks ago, I could hardly contain my laughter during our game. Finn counted to 10 exceptionally fast and so my hiding spot was quite obvious. However, as he was seeking and even though Finn saw me, he still continued to look for me. Just to keep the anticipation going and make me feel better about my mediocre hiding abilities, I imagine.
It made me think about all the other ways we as humans try to hide- albeit, not well. Particularly, from God. My favorite Psalm is 139. The Psalmist writes about a God who knows us better than anyone.
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
3 You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139: 1-3)
Now that kind of godly surveillance may not seem like good news to us for whom hide and seek is a regular pastime.
But then, I think of my son, Finn. When he finally catches my eye, he shouts with glee! “I found you!” Even though I’m pretty obvious in my “hiding spot”. Even though he could have found me earlier with a sigh at my feeble attempt. But instead, he is just pleased to see me and affirm me.
How much more must God see our feeble attempts at hiding and yet shout with joy saying, “I found you!” There is also joy in being found, isn’t there?
Whatever you are trying to hide from, God sees you. Whatever you carry is valid and hard and God loves you. Not because you are so good at hiding. But because you are simply God’s child. God continues to search for you, knows everything about you, and still loves you completely.
May you rest in the joy of being found.