Remember playing hide and seek when you were a kid? I loved this game. Why? Because I was great at it!! I had the best hiding places and I never ever gave myself away. Not even when they were standing an inch away from me.
I’m not that good at it anymore. Frankly, I hate small, tight places. Only now, I realize I’m not hidden at all. God sees me hiding even when I am in plain sight.
Recently, a friend wanted to take a day off from work. She’s in transition right now. Facing walking away from something that’s been her normal for a while now. She had a tinge of despair and sadness.
I texted her and said, “Tomorrow we hide.”
There are days when we sense that we just need to hide out. Regroup. Allow the Lord to search our hearts or mend them.
Talk to Him in a voice no one else needs to hear.
Other times we need to be get away to release the pressure.
Cannot face another day that way again.
We don’t want the world to find us. Just for the day.
Sometimes we choose to hide, to draw in, protect ourselves and our families. The Holy Spirit whispers, it’s time.
We aren’t even really sure of the reason, we just sense the urgency.
Sometimes the Lord hides us for our protection. Like David hiding in a cave while King Saul is hot on his heels. David seemed to always be one step ahead of Saul.
1 Samuel 23.26-28
“Saul and David were on opposite side of a mountain. Just as Saul and his men began to close in on David and his men, an urgent message reached Saul that the Philistines were raiding Israel again. So Saul quit chasing David and returned to fight the Philistines. Ever since that time, the place where David was camped has been called The Rock of Escape.”
God did not want David caught. In the nick of time, He saved him.
So, on this particular Thursday, she showed up ready to sit by the pool.
As we sat talking about her transition(s), she was having some anxiety about what it meant. We spoke in whispers as if the trees were listening.(We were the only ones at pool)
And as any good friend would do in the worst possible timing, I declared I needed food. I was famished.
We drove to McKinney, ate Mexican food until we couldn’t eat anymore. Then walked the streets and found a little bookstore she’s been wanting to tell a friend about. I love old bookstores.
We laughed until our sides hurt, cried until we couldn’t see, and basically didn’t solve a thing. But she felt better. That was worth everything.
The point is this: She’s been hiding in familiarity for a while now.
God is shaking her world up. She was beginning to get caught if you will. God designed another plan for her and in the nick of time just like He did with David, rescued her from being caught. (Btw, this is a terrible analogy).
We all get caught with familiarity. It breeds in us comfort, ease, and a false sense of security.
Sometimes we need to be reminded we are hiding in comfort and what we really need is to stand up and take the ground in front of us. Familiarity may be the very thing holding us hostage. Fear of the unknown.
A little hiding isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it may just be thing that rescues us.
As we are in transition from one thing to another, let’s let go of the control and release our anxiety to the One who took it for us.
Transitions are good. It shows we are growing and being stretched. No more familiarity. A reminder not to become stagnant and a robot.
When you get to a place you need to clear your head, focus on what’s next, or just pretend for 8 hrs you have no responsibilities, GO. Hide out.
Actually, let every thought that pops into your head come out of your mouth. Let it out. Hand it over. God can handle it. Your friend can handle it or she wouldn’t be hiding out with you.
Find Peace. He will give it.
Rediscover Joy. He will fill you with it.
These make the transition not seem so big and unattainable.
Text me. Call me.
Tomorrow we hide.