Where Are You?
I love music from the 1970’s. It takes me back to a time when life seemed much simpler. As I reminisce of days gone by, I can remember playing a game called Ghost in the Graveyard. In a nutshell it is Hide and Seek in the dark. This was such a fun game to play…hiding in the hopes that no one would find you and in this version of Ghost in the Graveyard, you have the added challenge of getting back to home base without being caught by the ghost. Hmmm. A game of hiding. Why do we find that fun?
I’ve recently recognized that in my life I am hiding. I am hiding, at times, who God has created me to be and what He has created me to do. And I can honestly say that I am miserable because of it. I think it fair to say that we all hide at one time or another and we have been hiding since the beginning of time.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)
Human beings were made in the image of God (Imago Dei). What does that look like?
1. God created us to be creative because God is creative.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
2. God created us as spiritual beings because God is Spirit.
The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (Genesis 1:2)
3. God created us to communicate because God communicates.
God said, ‘Let there be light’. (Genesis 1:3)
4. God created us with intelligence because God is intelligent.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
5. God created us to be relational because God is relational.
Let us make man in our image, in our likeness. … It is not good for man to be alone. (Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:18)
6. God created us to be morally responsible because God is a moral being.
And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die. (Genesis 2:16-17)
Wow. I am a creative and intelligent spirit who has been given the ability to communicate and do good with and for other people. Why, then, am I feeling stuck and not thriving? Why do I isolate myself most of the time from other people? God doesn’t want us to hide. When Adam and Eve were hiding in the garden God looked for them.
So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)
God doesn’t want us to hide. Did I already say that? It bears repeating. GOD DOESN’T WANT US TO HIDE–from Him or from other people. On the contrary, He wants a personal and intimate relationship with us.
For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
God wants us to be who He created us to be.
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ (Job 37:5-6)
I love that verse. God tells the snow to do what He created it to do: Fall on the earth. The Apostle Paul also reminds us that God wants us to be who we were created to be:
Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. (Ephesians 5:1)
Why, then do we hide? One reason I hide is I forget, sometimes, that I am in a battle. I roll over and play dead to the voices in my head that tell me I will never do it right, what I have to offer the world is insignificant, that it is too hard. Satan is alive and well in the world today. He is crafty and manipulative and he knows where all my weaknesses are. Satan has been wreaking havoc on humans since the Garden of Eden.
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. (Genesis 3:1-7)
Satan, however, is the Father of Lies. He is a Defeated Foe. When he gets into my head I need to remember and focus on who I was created to be and the TRUTH of God’s plan for my life.
1. God has a GOOD plan for me
For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
2. I have been created with a purpose.
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
3. I am UNIQUELY CREATED
For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began. (Psalm 139:13-16)
4. I am LIGHT and I am NOT to HIDE.
You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
What, then, should I take away from all of this? I am a unique and dearly loved creation of God. I was created with a purpose. I have been given a light to share with the world and I cannot keep my light hidden from the world. NEITHER CAN YOU!
As I close this post I would like to leave you with the following scripture. I pray it would encourage you to step out from behind the shadows and into the light as you shine in the full brilliance of who God created you to be.
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)