Nick is a great friend. We have played golf together, drank chocolate milkshakes like they are about to be discontinued, and now we have a new game going on of hide-and-seek. Many mornings, as I am arriving at the Y and making my way to my office, I will catch Nick out of the corner of my eye as he is ducking and weaving, escaping from my line of sight as to not be seen. He’ll hide behind doors, cubicles, desks, or whatever he can find to make the game fun. And of course, I do the same. We eventually laugh at each other and go our separate ways.
Nick is one of our employees here at the Y who, in all truthfulness, really defines who we are as an organization. For those of us who know Nick Lenz, we all know what a blessing he is, as are all of our special needs individuals who call our Y home. I am pretty sure our days would be less fulfilling, less enjoyable, and more mundane if it were not for the Nicks in our day.
And while playing our little game of hide-and-seek this morning, I was reminded of the great truth that was emphasized last week at my church.
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up…where shall I go from your spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?...My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth…” (excerpts from Psalm 139).
Life, at times, can feel like a game of hide-and-seek with God. And in those times, we may feel like we are the only ones to experience this separation. We question and wonder if God is still present. But as we read Scripture, we are reminded that even the greatest heroes of our faith experienced these seasons of life too. Adam and Eve played the game. King David wondered. Even Jesus, while on the cross, asked the question, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” So, our questions, our wondering why, our games of hide-and-seek are nothing new to God.
As we read most of David’s writings in the Psalms, we see how he frequently questioned, but in his searching he always returned to the great promises of God. He knew his enemies and feared their attacks, but even more he knew His God was greater and His redemption was certain. And although many of his writings showed his frailty as a man, they also showed his great trust in a God who was always present, always watching, never hiding.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” Psalm 27
No matter where you are in life, God is there. And wherever you are headed, He will be there too. He was with you when He created you, and He is there for you today. As a matter of fact, He is already in your tomorrow. We can try ourselves to hide, but He will find us. And we can question if He is even there, but His promises of His presence are trustworthy. He has not hidden from you and His presence is a simple prayer away; a prayer confessing your sin, one of trust and faith, or a simple prayer of acknowledgement. And knowing this truth can be the freedom you need today.
You know, sometimes it’s the simple, everyday activities of life that remind us what a great God we serve. Keep your eyes open, He’s just around the next corner.
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