Six-years-old. About to graduate from kindergarten. Tired of wearing hairbows. Tired of ruffles adorning her attire. Tired of looking like a baby. Now she wants cool clothes that sparkle and glitter.
But one thing remains the same: Her favorite game is hide n' seek.
And her most secret hiding place? The bottom of the built-in linen cabinet in our hall.
She dictates the rules of the game as we play. When it's our turn to hide, she peeks. We know that she's peeking, and we tell her not to peek. "Cover your eyes, Korie." She does, but we know she's still looking.
Anyway, we count to ten while she hides.
We don't have to peek.
We search all over the house for her. But if we take too long to discover her, she gives us helpful hints regarding her whereabouts.
She'll say, "I'm in here, Nonnie. In the caffenet. Come find me."
We don't know why she gives up her hideout so easily and so quickly. She'll pick that same place five times in a row.
Guess the fun for her is in being found!
There have been times when I've felt like God was playing hide n' seek with me. Times that He seemed far away from me and unconcerned about my circumstances. Times that He appeared to be hiding from my hurt--my problems--my pain.
I've asked, "Where are You?"
I'm learning that God never hides from us. I'm learning that He wants me to look for Him because He wants me to find Him.
I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me (Proverbs: 8:17).
When we look for God, we will find Him.
Our loving God is so good that He allows Himself to be found by those who aren't searching for Him.
"I revealed Myself to those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. To a nation that did not call on My name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I'" (Isaiah 65:1).
God's nature is to reveal Himself to us. His desire is that we find Him.
Even when, for whatever reason, we blow Him off and do our own thing.
Maybe we think we've asked way too many times already, and we feel guilty about adding one more time to the number. Maybe we think that we're too far away from His perfect plan for our lives.
No matter where we've been. No matter where we are now.
We can count on Him. We can call on Him.
He wants us to find Him.
Onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnineten...ready or not, here I come!