Hide and Seek
Hide and seek. It is a game we often play as children. There is something exciting about finding a great hiding spot and remaining very quiet in hopes that the seeker will not discover us. One of our little ones became a master at this. Her daddy and I were working away in our office downstairs when we heard the front door of the church open and then shut. We called her name and heard no response. When we went to look for her, she was nowhere to be found. After a few moments, we began to feel panicked that she had gone outside and was picked up by a stranger. After calling 9-1-, it seemed like all the fire department of our small town had arrived as well as all the police officers. We began to do a thorough search of the church building. With every room, she was not found meant a door was closed showing she was not there.
I felt really sick to my stomach, thinking that something horrible had happened to my sweet toddler. When we got to the sanctuary, I noticed her crayons on one of the pews in the back. I stopped almost in tears and said, “She was just here.” At about that time, a little foot slipped out from under the pew. She had thought she was in trouble and hid under the pew. While she was there, she had fallen asleep. After things had calmed down and my heart was back into a regular rhythm, God whispered something to my heart. Our Father sees where we are and what we are doing 24/7, even if we try to hide in the church. When we aren’t living like we know we should, we often feel like what we are doing isn’t known to God, but my friend it is. He knows every thought and the intent of our hearts.
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.