My son is into the game of Hide and Seek lately.He runs all around the house to find the perfect "spot" and waits there for Mama to find him. Of course I always find him. One day he was in the living room hiding behind the drapes. The other day he was in the guest room hiding behind the blinds. What gives him away? It's his feet. They get him every time. The day he wedged himself behind the curtain was actually a pretty convincing spot. He had shimmied back until the curtain was nearly completely flat. When I passed by and saw his striped baby socks sticking out I knew I'd found my little guy. I ripped the curtain back and there he was, grinning from ear to ear. "I found you bubba!!" I exclaimed. He bursts into a fit of giggles. You get the game. He loves to play.
I had a woman tell me the other day she was sad over a loss she had experienced. She felt as if God was far from her in her pain. "God is hiding from me. I'm just waiting for Him to show up." Have you ever felt this way? In scripture there are lots of stories of people who have felt this way. David is a prime example of someone who comes to mind. The Psalms are full of David asking God why He is hiding his face? Where has He gone? Why has He left him?
Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do you hide your face? Psalm 44:23-4
Job asked the hard questions too. Why did God allow the bad things to happen? What did Job do to deserve the pain? In the moment he needed Him the most, why did it feel like God was hiding from him?
If we were being honest we have all felt this way at some point in our lives. We have asked God for help, asked God for answers and gotten what seems like a big fat nothing. It may feel as if God is playing a giant, cruel game of hide and seek with us. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
He says that He dwells in the high and holy space. But He's also with us in the lowly place. He's with us always. Not just some of the time. All of the time. Not only when we "feel" Him. But in the moments where we don't.
He hasn't left you. He has forsaken you. He hasn't failed you. He's not hiding from you. He's with you. He loves you. He's for you. That's the truth of who He is. That's all He can ever be.
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