Hide & Seek


558287_hide_and_seek Ever play hide & seek?  Yeah, me too.  I loved that game.  I used to be good at it.  I was real skinny (not so much anymore) and I could wiggle into tight spots and hide.  I was fast so I could get far away from the seeker.  I was a good climber, no one ever looks up.  I was good at hide & seek.  Ever feel like God is playing a big old game of hide & seek with you?  I sure do.  I’m doing my thing and I look up and He’s gone.  So I start looking for him.  Is he under the table?  No.  How about in the kitchen cabinet?  Nope.  Are those toes sticking out from under the curtains?  Just dust bunnies.  Where could He be?  Then we mentally shout, "Come out, come out wherever You are!"  It reminds me of the verse in Song of Solomon 3:1: "I sought him, but I found him not.

Maybe He isn’t playing hide & seek, maybe He’s playing Marco Polo.  So you yell out, "MARCO!" and anxiously wait for the standard reply of "Polo" but it never comes.  Silence fills the air.  Loneliness creeps in and then you realize you aren’t playing Marco Polo or hide & seek at all, what actually happened is that you have lost God.  You left Him somewhere and now you can’t remember where.  Just like when you lose your wallet, purse or your keys you start to scramble around looking in the normal places you would leave such items.  In the same way you begin to search for God in the spiritual house of your life. 

Charles Spurgeon in his devotional Morning and Evening said,

"Tell me where you lost the company of a Christ, and I will tell you the
most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by
restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did
you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the
giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the
member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting
the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true
proverb, "Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there." So look
for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away."

Go to the last place you felt Jesus in your life and start there.  Most likely He is still there waiting on you.  Something happened there that made Him dig in.  There is something there that He wants you to see.  Something He wants you to learn.  Maybe something He wants you to give up?  Find him where you left Him.  So maybe this IS more like Marco Polo.  When you step outside the light of Jesus and it’s dark it’s just like when you have your eyes closed fumbling around yelling "Marco" hoping someone will answer.  The cool thing about God is that He always lets us find Him. 

Maybe it’s time to start yelling "Marco" in your own life.  But I would start the game in the last place you lost the company of Jesus.  Chances are good He is still there.

"MARCO!!!"

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It’s all about Him,

Shawn

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