Found Together

“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to Him, “Where are you?”

Genesis 3:9

My grandkids love to play hide and seek for fun and yet the book of Genesis tells us that when Adam and Eve sinned against God they went into hiding and God came seeking after them. It is there in Genesis chapter 3 that we discover “Hide and Seek” was real and not a game, and men and women have been hiding ever since. People hide in the strangest places. Some people hide right in front of us never opening up to those around them while others hide in the most grotesque places, held in bondage to sin.

I once heard a pastor say that Adam and Eve probably hid in the midst of poison ivy and covered themselves with the leaves from poison oak. The point is, we spend a lot of time hiding, hiding from God and from others. No matter what, know that though men and women attempt to hide from God, He is always seeking us and He knows right where we are! That’s the Good News of the Gospel! “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”

The thought of “Hide and Seek” reminds me of a cute story I read.  A man calls a house and a little boy answers the phone with a whisper, "Hello?"  The man says, "Can I speak to your mommy?"  The little boy says, "She's busy."  So the man says, "Can I speak to your daddy?"  The little boy says, "He's busy too."  The man's curious.  He says, "Is there anybody else at home?"  "Yes.  The police are here."  The little boy said.  Now the guy's concerned.  He said, "Can I speak to the police officer?"  "No, she's busy too."  Is there anybody else at home?  The man is kind of panicking now.  The little boy said, "Yes, the firemen are here."  He says, "Can I speak to a fireman?"  "No, they're busy too."  The man's really frustrated by this time and he says, "Young man!  What are all the fireman busy doing?"  The little boy said, "They are all looking for me."

God’s version of Hide and Seek is more like Hide and Seek in reverse. The game starts with one person hiding and everyone else looking for them. As the person who is hiding is found, the game doesn’t end. Instead, it’s just beginning as the one who finds them now hides with the one who was hiding until all those who are seeking the one who is hiding are all hiding together until everyone is found, together. Isn’t that just like God? The one who was hiding would be joined by all those who were seeking until everyone is found, together.  

“I came that you might have life, and life more abundantly”

John 10:10


Michael Osthimer





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