Hide and Seek. Boy do I have fond memories of playing that game growing up. I can, even now, see my childhood neighborhood in my mind with the large ballfield and playground in the middle. This was where neighborhood kids and I would meet with epic plans for that day’s match of Hide and Seek. Sometimes we would have 30 or 40 kids wanting to play and our game would turn into “Manhunt.” Fifteen or twenty wild kids per team would fan out across the backyards and carports and trees of the neighborhood searching to capture someone from the other team. We even had a “jail” manned by a “jailor” who would guard our captured prisoners. It was not uncommon for these massive hide and seek matches to last hours, well past dark. But hey, when you’re young and it’s the summer, time just seems to stand still.
Even today I enjoy the game but in a new way. I get to try to find my daughter who giggles every time I get near her and gives away her hiding spot. Or when it’s her turn to count and I turn around to see her peeking to see where I’m about to hide. There’s just something about the game that bridges the years and generations.
Little do we know that we play Hide and Seek every day but on a grander scale. Before I was even born, God sought after me. He loved me so much He even sent His son Jesus to die for my sins. And we play the game in return. Sometimes we hide from God and pretend He can’t see us. Sometimes we convince ourselves that He’s not looking for us and so we live our lives the way we want to. We follow the world’s idea of playtime and chase after fame and power and wealth. Or we really play hard with drugs, alcohol, or pornography. But there is another option. We can be the “seeker,” looking for God. We can find Him during worship or prayer, in the world around us, in the love we give our families, or the service and love we give to others. Jeremiah 29:13 reminds us that, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” In God’s version of Hide and Seek, He WANTS to be found. He doesn’t hide so well that we search unsuccessfully forever. No, He wants to have a relationship with us…more than we can ever imagine.
So I’m seeking some who would like to play a game of Hide and Seek with me. The rules are simple. We’re all on the same team and we must hide from ourselves and seek after God. Sure sounds like a lot of fun to me!