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Whoooo Are You Hiding From?

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!

Wake Up, Sleepyhead!

Little guy, isn't he?

Little guy, isn’t he?

Maybe it’s because we’re headed into Winter, or maybe because I’m getting older, or maybe I’m just being lazy and losing my interest in this world, I just feel like hibernating.  My favorite thing to do lately is to be snug as a bug in my little house, watching TV or a movie, spending time on my computer, or sitting and crocheting to my heart’s content while the rest of the world spins around me.  I don’t want to see anyone or go anywhere, I just want to be in my little house–alone–well sorta.  Do you ever feel like that?

I’ve discovered that there are plenty of other critters that hibernate besides the bears that we instantly think of when we hear the word hibernate.   Chipmunks and gila monsters are among the many, if you can believe that!  Or how about the spring peeper frog?  Who knew?  What is a spring peeper frog anyway?  Oh, well.  The only difference of course if that they do it by instinct rather than choice.  It’s a built in mechanism!

When I think of hibernating, I usually imagine someone hiding away from the cares of the world and all of its pain and confusion, heartache and struggle.  Sticking one’s head in the sand comes to mind.  Who wants to be out there in the harsh cruel world when you can hide away from everybody and everything if you have the opportunity?  Nobody wants to hurt or be hurt, at least not on purpose, and for many it seems that’s all there is out there anymore.  Day after day, week after week, month after month of struggling just to be.

Johnny 5, aka Short Circuit star!

Johnny 5, aka Short Circuit star!

We get bombarded daily with information, “input” as the movie Short Circuit so creatively puts it.  It’s a comedy about a robot who craved information, a constant flow, and all he did throughout the movie was gather every bit of “input” he could about his surroundings.  Well, in this techno world we live in, that’s what we get every day.  At work, at home, at play.  Is it any wonder we are in overload mode much of the time and just want–or need–to hide?

On the other hand, hibernating can have its useful points.  Besides getting to sleep a lot, the animals that do hibernate grow and mature during that time as a rule, and come out stronger and better able to cope with their surroundings and fellow animals.  Is it possible that a time of hibernation could be good for us under the right circumstances as well?

I’m not suggesting that we hide from our problems of course.  Those nasty things we still must face head on and deal with to locate the root causes for their continuing appearance in our lives, coming to grips with what our responsibilities and priorities are.

But, perhaps it’s a good thing to back off from the daily grind occasionally, take some time to reflect on our motives, our goals, and what’s really important to us and then rest–relax, take a load off!  We know that our crazy world and all of its’ issues will all still be there, but after we’ve had time to recoup from the war zone we just left, we’ll be better able to go back into the battle fully charged and ready to begin anew.  Sort of like retreating in order to advance.

Maybe that’s where I am….needing to rest in the Lord before beginning a new aspect of my life.  Perhaps you are there too?  The Lord gave me a great word from the Bible about this very thing.  Hope you will enjoy it too.

“Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality).  For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah).”  Romans 13:11  The Amplified Version

It’s important to take the time to rest and refresh, hibernate if you will, to strengthen and renew yourself in the Lord.  But when that time has been accomplished, it’s time to wake up!  Come back stronger to share the Lord, share your gifts and talents that God has given you, pray and give of yourself to others who are hurting just like you were.

It’s time to let your little light shine!  Wake up, Sleepyhead!!!!

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