When a four-year-old wants to play hide and seek, you don’t ask questions- you just play along.
When my grandson wants me to play, he’s oblivious to the fact that I am 55 years his senior. He believes in me, and seems certain I possess the same energy as he.
When Hide-and-Seek is on his mind, I have to mentally prepare myself. No kidding.
He’s faster than a speeding ticket, more powerful than a Tesla, and can leap tall laundry baskets in a single bound. I’m telling ya, the kid is a miniature Chuck Norris. After you’re plum worn out he’ll still have more energy than the Flash; after all, he’s four.
One day, he decided that he wanted to hide under his blanket. Convinced I couldn’t see him, he sat giggling under his fortress.
”Aiden? Aiden, where are you?”
”I’m gone, Nana! You can’t find me!”
Knowing he wanted me to give in, I called “Olly, olly, oxen free,” thinking he would throw off his cover and let me in on his stealthy hiding place. I laughed when he decided to stay there a little bit longer, content as a bug in a rug. About ten minutes later, he decided to reveal where he was, and asked if we could watch Paw Patrol.
Sometimes, I wish I had a hiding place that rendered me invisible to the world. Maybe a magic blanket that I can crawl under for just a little while, where nobody can find me. A place where Lyme Disease and other painful things can’t invade my space.
Have you ever felt that way? I’m sure most of us have at one time or another. There is no such place, and if there were, it might prove to be more than slightly destructive.
Thankfully, there’s a safe, peaceful refuge we can turn to. A place that’s never crowded, where we’re always welcome. There’s a hiding place within God’s love and grace. In fact, the Bible says that He is our hiding place.
You are my Hiding Place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
When you take the time to be quiet and still, alone with God, you’ll find that He is a friend who stays closer than any other. He’s loyal, and He can be depended on in every situation. You can turn to Him like a child turns to a loving parent. When you’re lonely, hurting, bewildered, or perplexed He’s there, Friend. You can run to Jesus when you’re happy, glad, angry, or spent. No matter your state or your lack. He doesn’t care if you dress up or not. He doesn’t look at the amount of money in your bank account or lack thereof. He simply loves you more than your finite mind can fathom. He longs to have compassion on you, so go ahead. He’s waiting for you to talk to Him, to hand over everything that weighs you down- those heavy burdens that you were never meant to carry alone. Hand it over to His hands, they are stronger, and more equipped to work it all out for good.
As you hide away for a time in His love, why not seek Him? You’ll find Him there, in that quiet place.
You will seek Me and find me when you seek Me with all your heart.
Hide-and-Seek for you, child of God, is not a game. Rather, it’s necessary for life, peace, and stability in rocky places.
You are so very, very loved.