But God doesn’t let them stay there.
He finds them again.
Hide and Seek.
Our hearts have been playing that game ever since.
Every kid has their favorite hiding places. Mine were under my brother’s bunk bend, behind an old chair in the garage, and in the laundry basket (how I fit in there, I’ll never know).
What were yours?
At first hiding was fun. But at some point, I just wanted someone to come get me.
As a child, I hid physically. As an adult, I’m more like Adam and Eve. My insecurity makes me hide emotionally. God asks my heart, “Why are you hiding?”
On any given day, the answer varies.
But His response is always the same…to call me back to confidence in Him, remind me of who I am, bring me back into the light of His love.
God seems to prefer Seek and Find.
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jer. 29:13
Here’s how it works: We come out of hiding and then we’re free to pursue His heart, chase His will, freely follow His path for our lives.
As a child playing hide and seek, I remember one person would eventually yell, “Olly olly oxen free!”
I still have no idea what that means (anyone?) but it seems God makes the same declaration to our hearts…it’s safe to come out of hiding.
In the game of life, we’re free, loved, found forever.
* When I planned this series, I didn’t know about Beth Moore’s new book, So Long, Insecurity, You’ve Been A Bad Friend to Us. Everything she does is excellent and I highly recommend it as well as her blog!