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Hide and Seek with Jesus

11 Jul

BOOM! RUMBle, RUmble, rumble. That woke me up. I listened for a bit. No rain. I rolled over and tried to get back to sleep, but the continued thunderclaps kept me awake. I thought about getting my camera and going outside to try to capture it. Conditions were ideal: no rain to deal with. But all I wanted was to go back to sleep. The amateur photographer in me kept telling me I was passing on an opportunity of a lifetime. The other part of me told him to shut up. I can only imagine what a celestial show it must have been.

I burrowed deeper into my pillow until the electric went off. Even then I did not look outside, but I went to the basement to check on the sump pump. What rain fell after the lightning display was not enough to threaten our basement. When I realized I had gotten up for a pointless reason, I kicked myself for not getting up for a fantastic reason.

Thinking back….
A few days later my mind carried me back to that middle of the night intrusion. I wondered how the Lord ever gets my attention. How often do I push him out of my thoughts and replace him with some simple pleasure? If I can ignore the loud booms, how do I hear his still quiet voice? How often and in how many ways do I place my wants before his desires for me and before him altogether? What other incredible opportunities have I missed because I didn’t want to be inconvenienced?

My game
Sometimes the effort to sense the Lord’s nearness and to hear his voice strikes me as a game of hide and seek. I find myself wondering where God is. Experience has taught me that he hasn’t moved away from me. I know his promise to never leave me nor forsake me, but for a moment or longer, doubts win over faith. Financial problems, health problems, or tragic losses darken my days so I can’t see what God is doing. I panic.

It’s funny, isn’t it, that seeking God is so natural and first place in our thoughts when we need something from him. He seems like he’s lightyears away when he is “hiding” nearby. And if you have committed your life to him, you don’t even have to look outside yourself—he’s within. How sweet are the prophet Jeremiah’s words, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). His words are all the sweeter when we realize (or remember) they are for every day and every moment of the day. He desires to be found. He wants us to cling to him.

His rules
If Jesus did play hide and seek with us, he makes it easy; he isn’t hiding. He intends to be found. I finish counting, add “Ready or not, here I come,” and open my eyes. I will find him standing in front of me! I reach out to touch him and shout “I win!” Wow. I find him and win. And he’s saying, “He found me. I win.” The reward in that is so much greater than taking pictures of a remarkable lightning storm. Moreover, it’s not a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it’s new and awesome every time.

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