Hide and Seek is one of the all time best games of childhood. There is such excitement for the children hiding, trying to find the bests spot quickly, then trying to slow down your rapid breathing so whoever is IT will not hear you. Then there is the child who is IT with the anticipation of the hunt and finding that first person. Running, hiding, seeking and being children is so much fun.
We play that game as adults without knowing it. We are constantly hiding that part of our self that we don’t want anyone else to know about. We could be hiding something revealing about how we really feel, a lifestyle that may not be acceptable to others, addictions we are ashamed of, or just those insecurities we wish did not exist. As the person who is IT we are on a constant search in life to seek out its meaning. We lead this search sometimes with excitement and anticipation and other times with dread of finding what we don’t want to face. We run away from others and we seek things that are unreachable, as adults hide and seek is not always fun.
God never hides. God only seeks. What God is seeking is not those shameful characteristics about our humanness or our failures. God is seeking the goodness we hold within; He put it there when He created us. God sees us crouched behind the flowers and nudges us to come out. God wants to see us vulnerable and open to His forgiveness and love. God is not seeking you out to punish you. So stop hiding. God is seeking you out to love you, to heal you, to be close to you. God never hides or runs away He is right there with you seeking the you He knows is deep within.
“Olly Olly Oxen Free, Games over.” Stop hiding and let God win and let Him love you fully and you will win as well.
Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 15. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 17 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 5 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 1st year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.