DayBreaks for 6/26/15: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
Galen is traveling and today’s DayBreaks is from the DayBreaks archive:
I remember playing hide and seek when I was a kid. No, we didn’t have video games then, so we had to play boring old games where you had to run around and actually expend some energy! I can’t say that I remember being very good at hide and seek. Seems that I seldom got found. Perhaps they just didn’t want to find ME! But I remember I wasn’t all that great at finding others, either. And of course, when you couldn’t find someone and you were ready to give up, you’d yell out “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”, and then all those who’d not been found would come out of their hiding places.
I’m not sure, but I think that perhaps as we get older, we get better at hiding. We start to hide our feelings (something that little kids can’t do very well), we hide our flaws and quirks, we work very hard at hiding our mistakes in the business world – and if caught – are quick to pass the blame along to someone else, which is really nothing more than another way of hiding.
The very first game we ever play is usually “peek-a-boo”. I’ve got to tell you that when I see grown ups acting like crazy folks playing peek-a-boo with their babies, I have to chuckle. Don’t they know how silly they look? (Hey – that’s not fair now, I used to play it with my kids – and now my grandkids – but somehow I’m sure I’ve managed to maintain a dignified look when I do it!) It seems like a simple enough game, doesn’t it? But it is a very important one, too, if you think about it.
What do babies learn from this simple game? They learn things that we as adults need to remember rather than forget:
FIRST: we can try to hide ourselves, but we really can’t. Just because we can’t see someone else (when we cover our eyes), it doesn’t mean that they’re not there. It just means that our vision is blocked. We can cover our eyes, but the parents know that we’re still there. They can still see us with our eyes covered. God sees us even when we try to blind ourselves to pretend that He’s not there and watching. We are so foolish!
SECOND: we learn the joy of being “found” again. The baby that removes their hands from their eyes and again sees mom or dad squeals with delight to be in contact again with the parent. Their little faces crinkle all up with joy and excitement. We need to remember the joy of being “found”. We don’t want to be hidden, isolated, cut off from others. Most of all, we shouldn’t want to be cut off from God. But we tend to forget the joyfulness of being “found”. Oh, that our faces should be like babes faces again and we would squeal with delight at knowing we’ve been found by God, and that we are in His tender care!
It’s been a long time since I’ve played hide-and-seek, but I think I’m about ready again. How about you?
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PRAYER: Jesus, help us to stop playing games and let us rejoice that we have been found! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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