My wife and kids have been dropping me off to work this week because of car problems. It’s been fun getting two kids up at 6:30AM (translation: I’m glad this week is almost over). But it has been nice seeing smiling faces waiting for me when I step out of work.
My oldest daughter stands with her head out of the sun roof. When I’m spotted, she dives onto the floorboard to hide. Upon reaching the car I hear a muffled, “Daddy find me!”
Funny thing. This doesn’t just happen in the car. When family comes over to my home, she spots them, dives under the desk or under the kitchen table, and cries out, “Find me!” Makes you chuckle because her screeching five year old voice is a dead giveaway every time.
I wonder in the seriousness of the moment if God didn’t chuckle when Adam and Eve hid themselves in the garden. Moses reports,
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)
I sense the child-like naivety that they would even think they could hide from God. Even with their close fellowship and direct access to God, Adam and Eve didn’t understand the magnitude of who God was.
Do you understand?
During my tumultuous journey of faith, I have often felt secure my sins were hidden. Smugly confident no one saw me.
What sins are you hiding hoping no one will find?
What bushes are you hiding behind?
What sins are covering up?
You don’t understand who God is. God sees all things. You can’t hide anything from him.
But not only that, he removes the shame from those hidden sin. It’s not just that he knows our sins. If you’re his, he’s covered them with the blood of Christ. He’s replaced shame with the joy and power of the Spirit.
So stop hiding. Get up off the floorboard. Rejoice in the blood of Jesus Christ.