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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hide and Seek

Hide and seek. This is my children's favorite game to play at home. It's a lot of run, it really is. They hide in the same places, and always make a little noise so that we will be sure to find them, as if it were to be difficult as it is.

It often reminds me of a story told by Tony Campolo. I want to share with you:

The God we worship is a hidden God. HE does not force us to confront Him, but waits patiently for the time to come when we will seek Him out. He longs for us to seek after Him with heart and mind and soul.

A rabbi's child was playing hide and seek with some children. She went away and hid herself. But the other children acted cruelly. While she was hiding, they ran away and left her behind.

When the little girl realized she had been abandoned by her friends, she went running home and threw herself into her father's arms and cried, "Daddy, I was hiding and nobody tried to fine me!" The father hugged his daughter and said, "God understands. He understands more than you realize."

Indeed, it must be the ultimate frustration of God that we seldom seek Him out. The Bible says that if we truly seek Him, we will find Him."

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