When was the last time you played hide and go seek?
Believe it or not, I usually play it every night.
My daughter loves it. It is apart of her extensive bedtime routine. ( Long story, I feel a future post coming on, heheheh.)
One of the first times we started this bedtime routine, which starts out with Hide and Seek, I noticed that for some reason I felt super competitive.
Over Hide and Seek!
Which got me thinking, why am I turning something so sweet and innocent, like hide and go seek into a competitive sport? I was participating in the game for my daughter, and she didn’t care if I stumped her at finding me or not. She just wants me to play with her, so she can have the joy of finding me.
God’s childlike heart
I believe that God too, loves the game of Hide and Seek.
According to a simple Blue Letter Bible search, on “seek Him” it found reference to those words 89 times in 35 verse. Such as Deuteronomy 4:29 and Psalm 22:26
Further evidence of Hide and Seek had been at church. Our pastor, one Sunday morning, and many mornings since that day has animatedly demonstrated this very point. That God loves to play hide and seek too. The only difference is I believe that God does “level up” the experience as we grow in His word. ( More on this in another upcoming post)
My current Experience
Today I felt led to share my experience that I had just this past Tuesday. As real-life evidence, to further illustrate this idea.
See I had plans on Tuesday. I was going to meet with an amazing lady from church to talk about some heavy things that were on my heart. I had planned to go to a wonderful meeting of women that same night and celebrate a year of growth together. Everything was going to plan. I felt that I had greatly managed my time. It was a thing of beauty, in my eyes at least.
I woke up sad.
I prayed and the sad was still there.
After I prayed I realized that I didn’t want to bring my heavy energy into the beautiful group of ladies that I had planned to celebrate with. It would not have glorified God in my attending feeling like this. Lastly, it would not have been good self-care for me. I was not in a celebrating anything kind of mood.
Getting to the root cause
I needed to get to the bottom of this “sad” and the only way that was going to accomplish this was, I had to take the time and really sit with God and hash out some things. I knew that the “sad” had something to do with a word God had given me in church (no less), a couple of weeks before. A word that didn’t match up with who God is.
But God spoke it into my spirit!
What is a girl to do with that?
I did that.
And every day since.
This Called For Some Immediate Action
So I contacted a wonderful, strong, woman of God. A woman I knew that had some experience in this area. She was the woman from church that I had planned to see that day.
I humbly brought my sad and confusion to her and we talked. It didn’t go exactly as I had thought it would go, but in retrospect now, it had gone exactly to His plan, all along. Praise God! His plan was sooooo, way better than mine.
Ready or Not Here I come!
After our meeting, I didn’t know how to feel. I didn’t know how to think and I all I wanted to do was just drive home. But deep inside I knew that was not what came next. So… I drove. I prayed. He answered.
Believe it or not there really is a Sherwood Forest in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It had been a 5 minute (if that) bike ride from our old house. In the shadow of the great Lambeau Field.
So, Sherwood Forest, it was.
I parked my trailblazer, and honestly, I felt a little silly.
What was I supposed to DO there?
I was even a little childish about it if I am being honest.
You know the kid that begrudgingly does what they are told but really doesn’t know why they are doing it.
So I found the bench that had popped up in my head when I felt led to go to Sherwood Forest.
I Still Felt Like I Was Missing The POINT
Then I remembered that I had to pick up some supplements from my chiropractor in Howard. After about 15 min or so, of sitting in Sherwood Forest. I said a short prayer and got back into my car. As I got closer to the chiropractor’s office I saw a farmers market’s sign and felt that was my next stop.
At this moment it dawned on me.
Had it been God’s plan the whole time that this Tuesday was for Him and I to play hide and seek all afternoon?
Was it His way of creating space for me to make time to relax? To model what relaxing in His eyes can look like for me? In other words, help me practice relaxing that does not involve DO-ing something while relaxing? ( Long story)
Beautiful Moments with God
As I sat in the parking lot of the Farmers Market, not knowing why I was there. I felt like I should bring some money with me.
Stopping at a Farmer’s market had not been on my to-do list that day, so I only had the leftover change in my car. I felt led to walk this very small vendor area, with less than $2.00 in my pocket. I obeyed. I walked. I listened.
While listening to God, I noticed a musician playing and singing so beautifully to all the people passing by and thought, “I wonder if anyone really notices he is there.” Yes, they probably hear his music, but do they SEE him.
Found you, God!
At that moment I knew what the change in my pocket had been for. It wasn’t for me. It was to bless another. It was like opening the door to the upstairs closet where I know my daughter loves to hide and saying, “Found you, God!” You see on God’s kingdom calendar, on this particular Tuesday, God had been planning on hiding at that Farmers Market and He wanted me to find Him there. He wanted me to bless this man with some money. For whatever reason, only God knows what the $2.00 meant to this man. But for me, it was the hiding place God chose for me to find Him at this day.
Stop. Drop and HIDE?
It was to show me that sometimes when I don’t know what to do next or when I feel lost to STOP. And sit in a parking lot. Or DROP, what I am doing and just be. Or to be still enough to participate in HIS daily game of Hide and Go Seek.
I believe this to brings Him great joy,of being found by us.
Matthew 7: 7-8
Feel free to share any Hide and Seek stories in the comments or in our closed Facebook Group.
You’re it. ( Oops sorry wrong game. Hehehe)