ArticlesPoetry Apr 12, 2018 Hide and Seek
Kearsten Hendershott Article by Kearsten Hendershott Author @,

When I was younger, I re­mem­ber one time specif­i­cal­ly that I got in trou­ble while I was be­ing babysat. I was a prod­uct of 1990’s car­toons and want­ed to see if slip­ping on a ba­nana peel ac­tu­al­ly worked. I put one by my sis­ter when she was prac­tic­ing her bal­let and she stepped on it and fell. I quick­ly ran to my room and hid un­der my cov­ers. I promise I was not laugh­ing. My babysit­ter at the time came into my room and start­ed say­ing loud­ly, “Where is Kearsten?”. I thought I was so clever to avoid her wrath and pun­ish­ment by hid­ing. Look­ing back on it now, she was call­ing me out and but she knew where I was the whole time (the child-size lump un­der the sheets real­ly gave it away).

There is no hid­ing from God. He is the Supreme Seek­er. The One who filled our lungs with breath knows the good, the bad, and the ugly. We can’t hide from His knowl­edge of us, His Love, His Pow­er, and His Pres­ence. Be­fore we even know we’re lost, God seeks us. How do we re­spond to this? Sim­ple, our Seek­er is wait­ing to be sought. We have to de­vote our lives to seek­ing God. The root word of seek is the latin word “sa­gire”, which means to per­ceive by scent. We must give our whole be­ing to breath­ing in the fra­grance of God and come to re­al­ize and un­der­stand His Na­ture, His Love, and His Will for our lives.

The aro­mas of this earth will try to pull us away from God. We have to ex­pe­ri­ence every­thing through God. We can­not try to ex­pe­ri­ence this life on our own. The same thing that smells great to us, could be the thing that de­rails us from seek­ing the Lord. Re­mem­ber in Gen­e­sis 25:29-35 when Esau came in from work­ing in the field and was starv­ing? The scent of the stew that Ja­cob was cook­ing smelled so good, that Esau was will­ing to sell his birthright to Ja­cob for a serv­ing. The aro­ma of the soup took Esau away from God’s plan for his life. Was it worth it to not seek God in that mo­ment? Is the stew you are choos­ing real­ly bet­ter than fol­low­ing God? I can an­swer that for you - it isn’t. No scent on this earth com­pares to the fra­grance of our Heav­en­ly Fa­ther. His promis­es won’t fail us and He will nev­er come up short. We are all like Esau in some area of our life. We think we have con­trol and know what we are do­ing. Ask God to show you where you can seek Him more. The more that you seek God, the more you will find Him. He isn’t hid­ing from you. He is al­ways ready to be found.

From Dark­ness Into Light

I still some­times re­treat to that men­tal­i­ty of the lit­tle girl I once was, hid­ing un­der my cov­ers. I know God can see me. I know He is wait­ing for me to turn around. He is even call­ing me out! In the clas­sic hide and seek game, the seek­er says, “Ready or not, here I come!” This isn’t God’s pos­ture. Whether we are ready or not, He is al­ways there. I have to put aside my pride, and be will­ing to re­move the bar­ri­ers of sin in my life, re­pent, and call out my des­per­ate need for Him. Isa­iah 65:1 says, “I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me, I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,” to a na­tion that was not called by my name.” God makes Him­self avail­able to be found by those who do not want to know Him or be known by Him. The same God that is wait­ing for a re­sponse to His pres­ence, even by those who are bla­tant­ly ig­nor­ing Him, is al­ways ready and avail­able to be found by those who seek Him. Je­re­mi­ah 29:13.

How do we re­spond to the Seek­er that calls us out? We have to turn from our ways and re­pent Acts 3:19. We must seek God with our lives 1 Chron­i­cles 22:19. We must de­vote time to learn­ing about God, His heart, His promis­es, and His will for our lives through read­ing His Word and prayer 2 Chron­i­cles 7:14. Come out, come out wher­ev­er you are.

“Knowledge is any relationship we experience through our relationship with Jesus Christ.”

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