Hidden

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable.

—Hebrew 4:12-13

 

Looking out across the water to a small island, I could see something in the wildflowers growing there.

An Anhinga bird was behind them.

Looking at my photograph later, it almost looks as if he is hiding.

He does blend in with a certain amount of camouflage, yet upon closer inspection, he’s hard to miss.

I’ll never know if he was truly intending to hide that afternoon, but I can certainly identify with him if he was.

At times in my life–even as a child–I wanted to just hide away and be alone, in what I felt was a safe place.

There are many reasons, however, to hide.

Shame.

Guilt.

Fear.

Failure.

Sadness.

Depression.

Grief.

The list is long.

We may hide from people and flee from circumstances, but we cannot hide from God.

He sees us wherever we are, in whatever condition we are in.

Our emotions may urge us to hide, yet His great love beckons us back into the open–in the light of His comfort and forgiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

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So Ready to Forgive

O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help.

—Psalm 86:5

 

How do you think most people react when they know they have done wrong?

How do you react?

Would you think a small child hiding behind the couch after they have broken a vase in a room they were told not to be in would be a normal response?

If you feel that most people have the urge to hide, I would agree with you.

Hiding doesn’t always look like hiding, however.

If we know that we are not living the way God would have us to, we may firmly decline any invitation of a friend to go to church.

That would be hiding.

If we know that we’ve done something we shouldn’t have, we may not pick up the Bible to read it.

We might feel unworthy.

That would be hiding.

Just because our natural tendency might be to hide, the behavior needed is exactly the opposite.

Instead of hiding, we need to run to God with our failure.

Psalm 86:5 reads,

“O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help.

When we fail, we can go to God.

He is good.

He is ready to forgive.

He is full of unfailing love.

Hiding?

It doesn’t help at all.

Only asking for and receiving forgiveness and comfort from our heavenly Father will bring the peace we long for.

 

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