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Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.
– Psalm 119:105
– Psalm 119:105
God has glory in what he conceals…Proverbs 25:2
I often tell my students that my brothers got all the athletic ability in our family. Every speck of it I got you could stack neatly on the tip of my pinky nail! Seriously, I was even lousy at the game hide and seek! In order to be good at hide and seek you have to be quick enough to run off to a great hiding spot and you have to be nimble enough to slink into small secluded spaces. It seemed like I was the permanent seeker and rarely the hider. We had a rainy day this week and that meant indoor recess. Very often during indoor recess the little kids will play a game of hide and seek and it cracks me up because a classroom is filled with mostly open space but they find it entertaining. It made me think about what and who is hiding in each of us. I guess you could say that today’s post is brought to you by a group of little people hiding behind the coat rack and under the table.
What gifts or talents are hiding inside you? Sometimes we don’t reveal our true abilities because we have the silly notion that if I’m not the “best” at something I’m not gonna put myself out there and be shown up. God gave us those gifts not to be hidden but to be shared. We have to remember that comparison is the greatest their of joy!
What person is hiding inside us? How much time do we spend trying to think, look and act like someone else? In the midst of all that, the world is missing out on the YOU God created you perfectly to be. You are fearfully and wonderfully made for a specific purpose! God doesn’t make mistakes. I spent the first couple decades of my life hating my hips until I was in my 32nd hour of labor with a 10 pound baby and the doctor looked at me and said, “You can do this, God gave you the perfect hips to deliver big healthy babies, he knew what he was doing.” After I recovered from the urge to spit on his shoes, I realized he was exactly right and I needed to change my perspective a bit. The you that’s hiding inside could be the exact person someone has been waiting for years to meet.
What’s hiding in our joy, our sorrow, our challenges, our celebrations and our frustrations? What’s God trying to teach us; what amazing lessons does he have tucked in there for us to find? What if we looked at each day as an opportunity to SEEK instead of HIDE? The harder we seek the more we will find and who knows what treasures God has for us in the midst of the very things we’re hiding from and hiding behind. Amazing what indoor recess can make you think of!
A Seed To Plant: Take a few minutes to go back through this post and ponder the answers to all the questions it posed.
Blessings on your day!
Sheri's writing can also be found at Faith Catholic Publications and on CatholicMom.com