Playing Hide and Seek

 

Hide and seek

Hide and seek (Photo credit: thomas hull)

Who can hide in secret places
so that I cannot see them?”
declares the Lord.
“Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:24

Hide and Seek is a fun game to play. I thought only children loved to play the game, but watch how adults enjoy it as they are “given permission” to be childlike when they are asked to play by a child. I love the creative ways people try to hide so that the one who is “it” can’t find them. I remember one person actually fitting in a kitchen cupboard. The people hiding do whatever they can not to be found.

It seems like there are some who would still like to hide and not be noticed. This may be a reason they sit in the back at events or stand along the wall at parties. It’s not the only reason, of course, but do people sometimes feel unworthy to be seen by all? There is usually a fear that ties in with not feeling worthy. A fear of rejection related to feeling like they can’t do it correctly and someone else would do better is sometimes the reason. There’s also a possible fear of people depending on them.  And perhaps one of the biggest fears … having one of our secrets found out.

No matter where we are sitting or standing, God knows. We cannot hide from him and he desires for us to join him in his work. He knows all about us and still wants us badly. He gave a lot for that to happen, which makes us worthy.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that I don’t have to hide from you and willingly open myself up to whatever you have for me today. Amen

Faith Tip: Are you hiding? Think about why you may be and talk to God about it.

Putting the pieces together

Pieces of a puzzle

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything – James 1:2-5

I love doing puzzles and haven’t put one together in a long time. It takes time to find just the right pieces to fit in to make the desired picture on the cover of the box. Maybe you have done what I’ve done in the past and “make” a piece fit by pounding it in. Even though we may have squeezed it in there, it just doesn’t look right.

The journey of life that we are on is like a big puzzle with a lot of little pieces. It takes a long time to complete the desired project and if we try to force a piece in, it doesn’t work. Through the ups and downs of life, these pieces of our puzzle are for a purpose. The great Puzzlemaker will finish the work in us as we obey and it will be beautiful.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for taking the time to work on the puzzle of me. I pray that I may follow in obedience and be joyful in knowing that you are there and you will finish the work. Amen

Faith Tip: Is there a piece of your puzzle that you are trying to fit in. Give it up and let God find the right piece for you.