I am constantly playing hide and seek with my children. While it is fun and the belly laughs that ensue when I “don’t find them” is worth every minute, we are teaching them a terrible thing. To hide.
Hiding, in case you weren’t aware is something that we have done since the very beginning. In the very first chapters of the Bible, we see Adam and Eve hiding from God.
Genesis 3:8 says:
They did something to skew the order of what God had put into place for them in the garden. They simply disobeyed, and they hid.
Why do we hide from the ones we love, the pain we feel, the emotions that well up?
I believe we hide because we take refuge internally. We aim to control the situation, the people involved, and do anything we can to “protect” ourselves. It’s in our human nature to hide.Hiding is a form of self-soothing, and when we don't get what we want, we hide.Click To Tweet
But this is not how God wants us to live our lives. Especially when we hide from Him. God is constantly pursuing us, even when we hide from him. He is always at work and aching for us to join Him in his work. He wants us to be in community with him, and never hide from who He is molding us to be.
This is simply said but takes hard work to work through. We need to be intentional. We need to put in the intimate work to be known and to know one another. We need to be fully present and be free in the Lord’s love to step out in faith and be seen.
We need to lean into the pain, the unknown, to become known. Fully. To not hide anything about who we are, and who the Lord truly designed us to be. The work we put in is blessed beyond measure. The pain that is healed frees us to become who we were designed to be.
We have this built in need to be known. By our wives, our husbands, our friends, our God. Yet we hide. We run away. We turn away from those that love us most in hopes of finding something more. All the while knowing that it can’t be found in our hiding places. Our addictions, our vices, all are because we hide.
So lean in, become more intentional, don’t be afraid to be seen. Be fully known and open, stop hiding and press into those hard places.
The Lord will meet you there if you stop hiding!
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