Perhaps your hiddenness isn’t rejection; it’s transformation!
When we were young, we played hide and seek in the neighborhood. My brother was the youngest. It was a thorn in my sassy side to drag him along, but my mom said we were a package deal. I wanted the cool-girl Holly Hershey to like me, and my brother was holding things up.
Holly was cool, and she ruled the neighborhood. We played a reverse game of hide and seek. One person hid, and when you found them, you hid with them. The last one was “it.”
Holly was hiding in the Kinney’s bushes. My little brother didn’t want us to leave him, so he decided to pee in the bushes. ON HOLLY HERSHEY! 🤦🏻♀️🤭😮
She went home crying with her beautiful blonde locks of hair…soaking wet. I didn’t make the cut to play for a while.
Why is it that we hide?
Most of the time, it’s shame, guilt, or fear. Yet the parts we hide are often the most productive parts of ourselves. We don’t get the results we want in our relationships because we hide our needs.
I believe we hide because of our fear that our authenticity will repel others from loving us. The truth is that our struggles and the things we hide are the very things that could save lives.
When we start hiding, God starts seeking! He desires to find us and make us whole.
Adam and Eve tried to hide from God among the trees of the garden. As if God, The Almighty, and All-Knowing, doesn’t know where they are. It was a failed attempt.
Yet God asks, “Where are you?” not because He doesn’t know, but because He is extracting a confession. Notice the next questions:
- Where are you?
- Who told you that you were naked?
- Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?
Adam could have easily confessed to his own mistakes:
- I am hiding.
- I saw that I am naked.
- Yes, I ate from that tree.
Instead, he passes the blame back to God! He said, “The woman YOU put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
Oh my goodness, Adam! Go ahead and blame the girl, lol. All the more reason you guys need to step up and lead! Hehe.
I’ve hidden before. During that time, God really worked on me. He took my brokenness and made me whole when I wasn’t worthy.
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Your hiddenness isn’t rejection; it’s transformation! You may be hiding, but our God is seeking. He will not give up on you!