Hide & Seek

13 07 2010

The other day I was playing hide and seek with my kids. While most people would look at a Dora the Explorer blanket and realize the giant lump wasn’t due to her obnoxiously large beach-ball sized head (don’t get me started on my feelings for that bossy perma-shouter who’s parents should be locked up for letting their daughter gallivant through the jungle encountering kleptomaniac foxes and grumpy trolls while supervised only by her shoe wearing pet monkey!!), but rather, that underneath that blanket was a grown man curled up in the fetal position on a toddler bed.

They wandered all around the house looking for me as hard as they could and every time I could sense them growing a little bit frustrated I would make a noise and they would squeal with excitement and renewed vigor at this new clue. Eventually they found me and celebrated their win by dog piling on their daddy. It was a lot of fun!

It got me thinking, though, about my relationship with God. Sometimes I wish God would just reveal everything he wants me to do with my life and tell me how it is all going to turn out, but that wouldn’t make for a very fun or adventurous life, would it? Instead he gives us little pieces of the puzzle, shows us little glimpses of himself, and makes little noises so we can figure out which direction to go in next.

Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD,” Elsewhere the Bible says, in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Whether you’re seeking God for a specific situation or just seeking him on a continual and relational basis don’t let yourself get discouraged when you don’t have every answer to every situation. Remember to seek him with all of your heart—and be honest with yourself about this—and listen for those little clues. And don’t forget what often feels like a game of supernatural hide and seek is not something that just ends in this lifetime but ultimately leads us to his immediate presence in Heaven where we will have a spiritual dog pile and celebrate like we never have before!




One response

14 07 2010

Dog piles are the best!!

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