Hiding Out

I see you hiding out there in the grass. Who or what are you hiding from little one? You were so well camouflaged; I nearly missed you as I walked by that evening. 

It was like you were trying to blend into the grass so as not to be noticed.

Why are you hiding out? Why do any of us hide?

Maybe we hide because we have secrets. We have stories we do not want to share. Things about ourselves that we think are not ready for prime time. Maybe we hide because we are fearful. What if we get hurt? Perhaps we hide because we are relationally lazy. We just do not want to take the time to truly get to know others or even to know ourselves, never mind God. We can’t be bothered. We are too busy striving to keep ourselves afloat. There is so much to do and so little time, right?

And yet, we want to be known. We need to be seen. We might secretly hope that we have somehow left this earth a little bit better for having been in it.

We have a deep need to be known.

Even though history tells us he had many reasons to to want to hide, King David expressed this so well in Psalm 139. David knew he was seen and intimately known by God.

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Have courage.

You were created by and are intimately known by the Creator of the universe. God sees the worst of your sin and yet still loves you. He sees mine even more clearly than I do, and yet God still loves me. He loves us both enough to send his Son to die for us and for our sin.

Leave the past behind, turn away from the sin that separates you from God. Receive God’s gracious gift of mercy by putting your trust in Jesus anew. He has always been there, and he always will be. We are the ones who foolishly try to hide, but God sees us.

God sees all. He knows all. He wants us to know and love Him for our benefit and for His glory.

This is really good news.

Take heart.

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