By: Ayren Jackson-Cannady
My four-year-old’s favorite game is Hide-and-Seek; except he isn’t very good at it. While curled up in the corner of a closet he busts out in loud giggle fits or he slips out from his hiding place in a playground tunnel slide, yelling “HERE I AM”…before the seeker is finished counting.
And if I’m hiding from him in my favorite spot (the mini storage closet under our stairs where I keep a novel and some dark chocolate), he could be searching for 10 minutes–that’s a good 15 pages of reading–before I have to give him a hint by dropping the hardback tome obnoxiously onto the floor.
He runs to me declaring, “Well, that wasn’t such a great hiding place, mama; it was so easy to find you.”
“Maybe I’ll try another spot next time,” I tell him, but don’t mean. Because, why fix what ‘aint broke? Right?
“Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.” –Jeremiah 23:24
The thing about playing Hide-and-Seek with God is that it doesn’t matter how good or bad we are at the game, He always wins. No matter how quietly we try to creep away unnoticed from His light or how fast and far we try to run away from His love for us, He knows our moves before we even make them. He doesn’t miss a single detail about our lives, and he remembers everything. Like, EVERYTHING.
“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off?” —Jeremiah 23:23
In a game of Hide-and-Seek the odds are tipped in the Lord’s favor—he is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. But don’t look at it as an unfair advantage. It’s an assurance that when we do cower in fear (which we will, over and over again) we won’t be hanging out on that scary limb for very long.
Because before we know it, God will show up and say, “Well, that wasn’t such a great hiding place; it was so easy to find you.”
Ayren is a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to various publications and websites, including Redtricycle.com, the New York Times, Real Simple, WebMD.com and Glamour. She loves soy lattes, DIY manicures and exploring the District. Ayren, who attends the Kingstowne campus of Capital City Church, lives in Arlington, Va. with her husband John and their two hilarious kids. Follow her on Instagram @ayrenjc.
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