PASTOR'S PEN: Hide-and-seek
The other week I was watching a little boy play hide-and-seek with his aunt. She would begin counting to 20; 1 – 2 – 3 – 4, and he would take off for “a really good hiding place.”
The problem is that when you’re only 4, your hiding places really aren’t that good. As his aunt counted, the young boy would run over beside the couch, crouch down and close his eyes. His aunt would then search for him. She probably saw him as soon as she entered the room, but would play along with him. She would tip-toe around saying, “Where are you?” and he would reply back, “You can’t find me.” If she didn’t know where he was before, she did now. She would continue to pretend she couldn’t find him until he popped up “scaring” everyone around him.
It made me think about my life. How many times have I sinned behind closed doors thinking nobody could find me? How many times have I harbored anger toward someone in my heart certain that no one knew? Adam and Eve were positive that God wouldn’t find out when they hid from Him. God even asked, “Where are you?” as if He didn’t already know the answer. Jonah also thought he could run from God, but God knew where he was and brought a storm to turn him around.
In Psalm 139, David says this, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”
David was certain that God knew who he was and where he was at all times. That can make us nervous when we’ve sinned, like Adam and Eve, or be a comfort when we’re scared. But even when we do sin, which we all do, it can be a comfort to know that God already knows about it and is still willing to forgive. That is amazing and freeing. You can’t hide from God, but you can always run to Him. Run to Him today.