i loved playing hide and seek as a kid. my hiding spots were always epic. the adrenaline of someone being so close while you remained concealed, holding your breath, was epic!!

been reflecting for the last wee while on a bit of a ‘hide and seek’ game found in genesis 3. in fact, got chatting through this passage with a few of the older young fellas from church at our home on tuesday evening….all while chicken dippers were in the oven and the football was on live pause!!!

we chatted about how we focus so often on the fact that adam and eve have made a huge mistake. that’s reading the story with our sunday school glasses on. and is factually right. but look deeper. what do we learn about God from these verses? particularly verses 8+9

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” “

as i read this recently, i was struck with the concept of God actively searching for and seeking us. i was blown away by the thought of, after deliberately walking my own way in life, God looking for me.

in the past year, there have been times where i have been lacking that closeness to God that perhaps once was there. and so, when God feels far off, is it because He is nowhere to be seen or is it that I’m actually hiding from him?

is it us or God who does the hiding? ashamed. frightened. confused.

and when you’ve messed up, where is He? ignoring or inviting?

maybe He’s still calling out the same question to each of us today.

where are you?

not because He doesn’t know.

but because He wants you to consider the answer.