Everyday Jesus: Playing Hide ‘N’ Seek

Some folks just make ya wanna hug them… Today’s guest blogger is just one of those such people! My dear friend Dawn is not only a talented writer, but also a sweet and loving daughter of Christ. Show her some love as she shares a smidge of her Jesus heart with us today!

Loving me some Jesus in the everyday, 
SGK 

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“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Hiding his eyes behind two pudgy hands, my toddler grandson starts counting. “One, two, three, four, five…” His excitement builds and he rushes, “Eight – nine – ten…here I come!” He’s now in hot pursuit of his slightly older sister. Oh, how he thrills in the pursuit.

He searches all the obvious spots—behind the couch or the chair, under the kitchen table, or behind a closed door—and calls her by name. Barely unable to contain her giggles, his sister stays hidden until she just can’t stand it anymore and yells, “I’m here! I’m here!” And willingly, she becomes the pursuer.

We still play Hide-N-Seek—you and I—only it’s not as obvious.

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Sometimes we hide from one another. We hide inside our houses, within our busyness, or behind our Facebook statuses. We’d rather appear “put together” than risk revealing our true selves or admitting our neediness. And, when others seek us and find us, we’re always quick to answer, “I’m here and I’m just fine.”

We hide from God, too. We don’t physically hide behind the living room furniture or closed doors, but we might miss a few days of quiet time, barely crack open our Bibles, and leave little room in our days for prayer until we completely veil our hearts from God’s presence.

Why do we do hide? I can’t answer that for anyone but myself. I guess sometimes I hide because I don’t want my weaknesses confirmed by others or God and I fear rejection by both. (Gulp! Big risk right there).

But here’s what I’ve found to be true: God never plays hide-n-seek. No, God never hides from us. In fact, the Bible says God can always be found by those who seek Him:

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:13

“I love those who seek me, and those who seek me find me.” Proverbs 8:17

God created us for relationship—with Him and one another—because that’s how He lives within the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

How do we seek relationship with others or God?

  • Be intentional—connections don’t just happen. Deliberately set a specific time and place to meet.
  • Be consistent—relationships flourish the more regularly you meet together.

The result?

  • Intimacy—you build trust as the relationship grows and sharing more intimate heart issues comes naturally.
  • Freedom—as intimacy grows, you’re free to be who you are; who God created you to be.
  • Release—when you realize who you truly are—who God created you to be—you’re released from others’ expectations and set free to soar in God’s purpose for you.

I’m ready to stop hiding and seek God and others, today. How about you?

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Dawn Aldrich is a children’s author, inspirational blogger, and T V host of Penn’s Pals. She enjoys her roles as wife, mother, grandmother and daughter of the King. Dawn enjoys her family, four seasons, dark chocolate, and sharing her God stories. You can connect with Dawn via her blog or check out her book or her TV website.

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8 thoughts on “Everyday Jesus: Playing Hide ‘N’ Seek

  1. Tj

    So truly blessed Dawn by your thoughts and Sharita for you sharing her thoughts here on your blog! I think each and everyone of us struggle at times with all you have mentioned! To keep on Keepin On for Jesus and knowing deep in our hearts that HE is truly right here with us, encouraging and reminding each of us of HIS LOVE and Empowerment if we will receive it and tap into it and live for HIM!

    • dawn aldrich

      Thanks for stopping by, TJ. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep tapped into the Source!

  2. Thanks for the opportunity to share with your audience today, Sharita. I hope you’ve enjoyed loving on your sweet baby girl. ((Hugs to you!))

  3. Dear Dawn
    What a pleasure to meet you! Yes, dear one, when we hide from our Lord as Adam and Eve did when their eyes were opened and they were ashamed, we can be sure that He will seek us out too when we are to ashamed of our sinfulness. He will not cover our shame with the hide of an animal; no, He will cover us with the life of our Lord Jesus.
    Much love to you XX
    Mia

  4. dawn aldrich

    Amen, Mia

  5. Thank you for sharing Dawn with us at “Tell Me a Story.” We certainly can’t hide from God, and we should not hide from one another. Those covering their eyes, believe no one can see them, and the truth is only their eyes are covered and their entire self is exposed! Oh Lord, expose those things in me that need changing and cover me with your precious blood that will wipe away all that is unpleasing to you.

    • dawn aldrich

      Your words encourage my heart, Hazel. Oh yes, to be covered by the blood of our sweet Jesus! That’s the only covering I want.

      Blessings to you!

  6. There seems to be a common theme among some of the SDG blogs this week. So many touch on the topic of being free. Ahhh, that is so where I want to be. Free from worldly constraints, content to dance for Jesus and Him alone.

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