Can you see the owl hiding in the tree?

Can you see the owl hiding in the tree?

  As a kid, I’m sure you played hide and seek.  At least I did occasionally.  And, as parents, I’ll bet you played peekaboo with your children, to their utter delight!  I can just hear their squeals of joy and laughter as you came out from behind the chair, or the blanket you’d raised over your face to hide from them, and then quickly pulled it down to say, “Peekaboo, I see you!”

As they grew old enough to figure out how to play the game for themselves, I’ll bet they enjoyed scaring the liver out of you when they jumped out from an unexpected hiding place to say… “Boo!  Scared ya, didn’t I Mom, Dad? ”

We do a lot of hiding in our lives, but most of it isn’t a game played with our kids.  We hide from people we don’t want to be around at that moment, such as in-laws, that rascally neighbor who’s always borrowing stuff from us, our parents who are likely to find out that we’re not living up to their expectations, our siblings who really know us better than we’d like but if we stay away maybe they won’t guess what we’re up to.  We hide from our boss, we hide from our kids–or at least we think we’re hiding from them.

But worst of all, we try to hide from God, our Creator.  You know, you’re not the first to try to hide from Him

This tree has eyes!

This tree has eyes!

.  Adam and Eve did it too, back in the Garden of Eden.  He had just created them, given them everything you could possibly imagine.  Peace, Security, Love, Health, Wholeness in every area of their lives.  He only asked one thing of Adam, that they stay away from the tree.  But then, the enemy of their souls came up to Eve and said, “Hath God said?”  And, being deceived, she took from the forbidden tree, gave to Adam, and he sinned, knowing that God had said no to the fruit of THAT tree only.  From that point on, they knew they’d done something wrong and hid from God.

So, why do we hide from Him?  Why do we try to escape going anywhere near where He might show up…. like church, Bible studies, fellowship with His people?  We know we’re not where we should be or doing what we should be doing and don’t want anyone to know ..that’s the most common reason, I think. Or at least that’s always been my reason.

But the funny thing is He already knows what we’ve done, what we’re about to do, where we’re going, and who we’re going with.  He knows what we’re thinking, what our motives are–good and bad–and He loves us anyway.  Not only that, He’s provided a way for us to be forgiven and set right with Him.  Through the sacrifice of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.  How cool is that??!

We don’t have to hide anymore.  We don’t have to wear masks.  He loves us, He forgives us, He cleanses us and makes us clean when we accept the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross for us.  His Blood makes us clean and right with God again.

So, whoooo are you hiding from?  You don’t have to hide from the Lord anymore.  Have confidence in God to take care of all the rest and be free to be who He created you to be!

Be Whoooo you were destined to be!

Be Whoooo you were destined to be!