DayBreaks for 6/26/15 – Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

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?

Copyright by 2005 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Jesus, help us to stop playing games and let us rejoice that we have been found!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/03/12 – Peek-a-Boo With Jesus

DayBreaks for 01/03/12 – Peek-a-Boo With Jesus

Now you see Him, now you don't...

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31

It was after breaking the bread that God opened the eyes of the Emmaus disciples to recognize the One who broke the bread for them.  I would have loved to be there sitting in the inn with them, to watch the dawning of realization on their faces!  What do you think their next question for Jesus might have been?  Maybe they wouldn’t have asked a question at all – maybe they would simply have fallen on the ground in worship of the Risen One.  I don’t think we’ll ever know for one reason: as soon as they recognized him, he disappeared.

Why?  Why didn’t he stay?  Where did he go?  I don’t really know, but again, on Sunday the preacher ventured a guess: they had just shown that in spite of the evidence for his resurrection (the reports of those who had seen  him and the empty tomb), they didn’t believe.  Then Jesus appears to them, resolving their crisis of faith by His very Presence.  The next moment – poof! – just like that, he’s gone again.

Jesus is HUGE on faith.  He WANTS us to believe, not because we’ve seen and touched the wounds in his body, but because we’ve heard the story and are willing to walk in faith.  Jesus tantalized the two Emmaus disciples just enough by showing up that their faith was restored, but they would have to walk the rest of their lives in faith, too.

That’s how it is with anyone who wants a relationship with Jesus.  We may not see him physically as these two did, but we who wear his name have surely encountered him on our walk through this world.  Then something happens that casts the long shadow of doubt back into our hearts.  Was that past experience we were so convinced of really Jesus at work, or was it just happenstance?  And if we start to think that it was happenstance, we lose our basis for thinking he will walk through future hard times with us.

The disciples from Emmaus had to learn to walk by faith even after seeing the Lord and eating bread from his hands.  We, likewise, must walk by faith if we are to please him.

PRAYER: Lord, this faith-walk stuff is really hard at times.  We all have our human fears and worries, get scared and frightened, and think about whether or now we are up to a certain task rather than thinking about whether or not you will be faithful to us!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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