Thursday, August 22, 2013
Hide And Go Seek With God
One of our turkey hens has been sitting on 11 eggs for a few weeks now. On August 15th,
and my wedding anniversary, she gifted us with two poults. The next day, she hatched two more. She now has quite a job on her hands. She desires to stay sitting on the remaining eggs,
yet is trying to keep an eye on four active little ones! Yesterday, when we went out to see if there
were any new arrivals, the babies had found their way through a hole in the
coop and were playing in the grass! They
marched in and out of the coop, trying to decide, “Is the grass truly greener
on the other side?” In the meantime, momma
paced nervously from the eggs remaining in the nest to the edge of the coop where
she could see her babies.
Just a few days ago, I saw a beautiful, but likely hungry hawk in the woods near the barn. Last spring, villainous coons destroyed our entire chicken flock, except one! While it was fun to watch the baby turkeys playing, Momma turkey is obviously aware of the dangers that her babies face when they are away from her protection. I knew that we needed to do something quickly to make sure that the babies remained under her wing.
As I pondered the situation, I was reminded of the many times in my life that I had one foot on each side of the fence; playing in the green grass, yet staying near enough to my Protector to be assured that He was still there. Not unlike the turkey poults, I really had no clue of the dangers lurking around the corner, just waiting for the right moment:
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
As much as she may have felt compelled to do so, momma hen could not venture into the dangerous territory to rescue her babies. She was penned-in. Consequently, her babies were able to get out of her sight and were a predator to come; momma peering through the coop would have been no help at all! Our Creator, on the other hand, is so powerful and sovereign that there is comfort in knowing that we can’t get out of His sight. We cannot go any place where He is not present.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there. If I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:7-10).
We can be assured that when we wander off into the enticing tall grass,
He knows where we are.
But, like a “game” of Hide and Go Seek,
He will come “looking” for; and “find” us.
And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those who are lost (Luke ).
And He will provide protection from the predators who are watching and waiting while we play.
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart (Psalm 91:3-4).
A “game”? How dare I call it a “game”? Are you retorting, “Playing where the predator can snatch us is not a game”?
While it may not be a game in the way in which we understand games, if there is no person, nor power which shall ever be able to overturn those whom God has chosen, isn’t evil only a pawn in God’s hand?
I’m not saying that we should all go out and purposefully “play” in evil territory; however,
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8: 38-39).
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