Hide and Seek with God

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It took a humorous moment like the one earlier this afternoon to break me out of my unintentional yet obviously extensive blogging break.

It was about 2:00 pm ET. At Church in the Boro we eat together each Sunday afternoon after the worship service. Fellowship is an extension of the means of grace in worship for us. And boy, is the food awesome.

It was just after lunch, and after singing happy birthday to my thirteen year old (another blog post in itself...man do I feel old!). I have a ritual with my kids when I have to go out of town for more than a couple of days. Today I was leaving to travel to Hiawassee, GA, in the northeast Georgia mountains, to setup a new franchise. I'm scheduled to be here for the week, headed home on Friday afternoon. It's a five-plus hour drive home.

The ritual is simple. I take each child aside privately and tell them how much I love them, and more importantly how much God loves them. And then I remind them of a truth that is as true as the Gospel itself: I may not come home, and if this happens, they are to pursue God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and make every effort to be a godly man and woman.

Usually, this almost always elicits some tears from each child. I know it's scary for a little kid to think about dad not coming home, especially for the older boys who "get it" more than the other two. But it's a truth I don't want to skirt because built into that truth is my last will and testament for them.

Leave it to my seven-year old daughter (or almost eight, as she often reminds me), to perk up this time and ask a question that only a child would come up with: "so does that mean God will play hide and seek with me?" Confused I asked what she was talking about and why she was getting off the subject (believing that it might be a quick subject change to detour the building tears).

She continued, "well Daddy, you always tell me to pursue God. And that means to chase God. So is God lost? What if He hides from me and so I won't be able to find Him?" I told her that would be impossible since Psalm 139 teaches us that there's nowhere we can go that God can't see us. So playing hide and seek with Him is not really fair at all.

I then continued, "Sophie, just because we can't hide from God doesn't mean we shouldn't keep chasing Him. Jesus tells us in Luke 11:10, 'For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.' And in 2 Chronicles 15:2, God tells us, 'The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you...' And Moses told the Israelites, 'But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul' (Deut. 4:29). So while He always knows where you are, you must always pursue Him, believing that because He loves you He wants you to find Him!"

Jesus told us in Matthew 7 and 25 that those who do His will get into heaven. And one of the things Jesus told us to do is to ask, seek, and knock. Or, in the words of Sophia, we must chase God. Do we do that. I mean do we really do that. Do we really keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking until Jesus answers us?

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