Playing A New Game (4 of 8) by Jeff Strite
This content is part of a series.Playing A New Game (4 of 8)
Series: Getting There
OPENING: What do you think the first game is that a child learns? For my boy Jonathan, his 1st game was "hide and seek."
When he was about 1 year old he was sitting with me in the living room and had watched me put his blanket over my head and play "peek a boo." Then with a sly grin he put the blanket over his head.
Realizing what he was doing, I began to say "Jonathan where are you?" At which point, he slowly pulled off the blanket and giggled.
He felt that he had hidden from me because he couldn't see me.
A friend named Matt told me he used to play "hide and seek" with his brothers and sisters. On the rare occasions that he got to be something other than "it," he sought the ideal place to hide.
One day he thought he had found it.
Up on the hill was their house with a big porch on the front that had a lattice work around the bottom to allow air to circulate under the building. He had found an opening in lattice work and crawled in under the porch pushing aside the cobwebs, smelling the damp earth, as he wormed his way all the way to the other side of the building where he could look out and see his sister still counting to 100.
He delighted in the thought that she'd never find him. No one could ever find him here.
And then it suddenly struck him - if something happened to him, no one would ever be able to find him there. He would be alone and lost forever.
It was suddenly important to him to be found, and he stuck his leg out through the lattice work, hoping that he might be able to trip his sister if she passed by that way.
He wanted to be found.
I. Mankind has engaged in a game of "hide and seek" with God ever since the dawn of creation.
Eve was tempted by Satan, then gave the fruit to Adam to eat. Almost immediately, they felt the shame of sin and so they hid. When God came walking in the cool evening he went to seeking -
"Where are you Adam?" God calle ...
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