Hide & Seek
As a child I absolutely loved playing the game “Hide & Seek.” I enjoyed the hiding part so much that I would try to convince my fellow players to choose the version of this game where no one had to come back to home base. The “hiders” would stay in their own hiding spots until found by the “seeker,” and the last person to be found was the winner.
I could often be found under a bed, tucked away behind the clothes in a closet, or hidden behind floor-length drapes. I often dreamed of being able to play this game in a house that contained secret passageways, attic nooks, and, of course, the famous wardrobe from C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
We arrive on the scene in today’s scripture passage to find a much more woeful version of hiding taking place. This event followed that tragic moment when the man and his wife had fallen for the Serpent’s lie. They believed their beloved Creator was keeping something good from them. They ate the forbidden fruit and were now ashamed and hiding from the One who loved them most.
When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.
Isn’t that how it often happens with us? We believe the lie and then choose something other than God’s best for us. At some point the realization hits, shame pours over us, and then we run away and hide.
In today’s day and age our method is more sophisticated than simply hiding among some trees in a garden. Instead, we may seek to fill our days with such a flurry of activities, projects, goals and distractions that we never take the time to consider the condition of our hearts.
Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
While God was certainly grieved by Adam and Eve’s choices, He wasn’t surprised. And just like with them, He comes looking for us. He already knows all about our mess, but He still loves us. He will not abandon us, and He desires to keep connecting with us.
And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
God doesn’t leave them alone and naked. He provides a covering for them. Likewise, He wants to cover us and take away our shame.
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
You see, God already had a plan to make everything right. His statement about the Serpent would come to pass. God’s very own offspring, Jesus Christ, would arrive on the scene and crush the Serpent’s head, landing the final blow to sin and death.
The poet/soldier/king named David wrote this telling description of God’s presence found in Psalm 139:7-10:
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
I’m so thankful that even when I mess up, my Heavenly Father does not abandon me. He loves me and comes looking for me. Even when I’m hiding from Him, He finds me.
Think About: So tell me, are you hiding from God? Do you hear Him calling you? Come out from among those trees. Tell Him your troubles. Exchange your shame for His righteousness. Let Him wrap you in the bright white robes of Jesus Christ.
Pray: Father God, thank you for not abandoning me to my spiritual nakedness and shame. Thank you for loving me enough to send your very own son, Jesus Christ, to atone for all my messes.
Jennifer is passionate about inspiring and empowering believers through the study and application of God's Word. She and her husband Jordan have two daughters and have been members of The River since 2012. One of the many hats she currently wears is that of Discipleship & Assimilation Intern here at the River. You can find out more about her at www.jennifergreene.org.