As a child, I loved to play hide and seek! I would always look for places where I thought I would never be found. I often laugh as I watch my grandchildren play the same game. There are times when they would hide behind an object that is smaller than they are and think that they will never be found, when in fact they are quite exposed.

This makes me think of us as believers, do we sometimes hide from God? Are there times when we have sinned and purposely try to cover it up, not realizing that we are exposed before Him? This scenario is not new, our first parents Adam and Eve did the same thing!

In the book of Genesis chapter 3, we read the account of the fall. The crafty serpent went into that beautiful garden with one thing in mind, to see if he could get Eve to disobey God which would lead the world into sin and separation from God.

He was successful in convincing her that God was holding out on her and that her life would be more fulfilled once she ate the fruit. “Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil,” he told her. She fell for it, ate the fruit and gave some to her husband who also ate it. The reality of what they had done set in very quickly as suddenly they sensed their nakedness and felt the need to cover themselves.

“Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Genesis 3:7

Then they did something that they had never done before.

“The man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8

They hid from God! In times past, they would have looked forward to spending time with God, enjoying being in His presence, but not now. They knew that they had done wrong and the fear, shame, and guilt of it caused them to hide.

Are you hiding from God today? Has something happened in your life which has caused you to feel fear, guilt or shame? My dear sister, I have good news for you! God does not want you to run and hide, He wants you to come to Him.

In verse 9, God pursues them! He knew what they had done and called out to them,

“Where are you?”

Our omniscient (all-knowing) Father is calling out to you, wanting you to come to Him in your shame and brokenness. His heart yearns for you to tell Him what you have done and for you to experience His forgiveness and grace. Sin thrives in the dark, but when we bring it to the light there is forgiveness and healing.

Psalms 139: 7- 12 says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, … If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost part of the sea… If I say surely the darkness shall cover me… even the darkness is not dark for you; and the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”

It is true that Adam and Eve had to face the consequences of their sins, and so do you and I, but God is able to give us a clean heart, and our relationship with Him can be restored. He can take the ashes of our lives and turn it into something beautiful, giving us the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. He is a master at taking what is bruised and broken and transforming it into something that He can use for His glory.

The Psalmist David experienced this after his sin with Bathsheba was exposed. He cried out to God, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence… Restore to me the joy of your salvation… a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:10-12, 17

David was forgiven by God who calls him, “A man after my own heart.” Acts 13:22.

This can be your story! You too can experience God’s forgiveness and grace as you get honest with Him, confess and repent of your sins. God will wash you and make your sins as white snow. My dear sister, you no longer have to hide! You may be fearful to take this step, but I encourage you to,

“Taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”