Hide and Seek
When my family first moved to Sioux Falls to plant The Ransom Church, our home in Mitchell didn’t sell…for 13 months. Luckily my parents were able to help us out. The good news is they owned a few rental properties and one was open. The bad news is it was TINY, and, how shall I put this? GROSS. Still, we were excited! We were in God’s will, we were planting a new church, so the inconvenience seemed like a small price to pay.
What we didn’t expect was how much we would love that year. We have some of the most special memories with our kids in that tiny house. And strangely enough, one of our favorite things to do in that house was to play hide and seek! Even with almost nowhere to hide, we seemed to manage to have a lot of fun with it.
The goal of Hide and Seek is pretty straightforward; hide! Don’t get found! But when you are playing hide and seek with your little children, the goal changes. I would hide from my children, and when they came to look, I would do something to make it fairly obvious where I was hiding. My favorite part of playing with my kids was the moment they found me and the unbelievable joy that overtook every ounce of their little bodies. I wanted to be found!
God is no different. The entire Advent Season is one built on the concept of anticipation. We are awaiting the coming of the Savior! God is not distant. He is not trying to be mysterious. God wants to be found. That’s what Christmas is all about.
Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, wrote, “God came to the neighborhood not to play hide-and-seek. He came to play Sardines…The Savior was not cowering in a spider hole trying not to be found, but out in the open for the whole world to behold. God wants to be found.”
This is so true! And it’s not just a Christmas thing! God wants to be found at Christmas for sure. But He also wants to be found in the everyday moments. He doesn’t want to just come in a moment and change our lives. He wants to change our living. He wants to transform everything about the way we live and the things we do. He is not hiding. He’s shouting “Here I am!” He wants to be found. Some people say it’s hard to see God in the world today. I disagree. I think it’s hard NOT to see Him. In order to not find God, you have to be trying not to.
Where is God revealing Himself in your life, but you just haven’t been willing to see it?