“Sal, come here,” Sam called to him.
“What’s up, man?”
“No, come over here, away from the water cooler. I don’t want anyone else to hear.”
“Okay. What’s going on, Sam?”
“Congratulations for what? What are you talking about?” Sal asked, genuinely confused.
“The promotion! I overheard the Big Guy telling his assistant that he is going to put you in charge of the company!”
“Me? You’re kidding, right?”
“No way! He said you, I am positive. He said you were the one he chose. Look at you, trying to be all modest! You know you have the skills.”
“No, I have some skills but I am not sure I have enough skills to run this company.”
“Well, man, he must think so, cause I know what I heard. Besides, you know he will walk you through it step by step.”
Me? Run the company? Sal thought from the dark corner in the tunnel. But he knew it was true. He also knew that Sam was right – the Big Guy would be with him every step – so why was he hiding? Why this silly game of hide and seek? Fear? Insecurity? Disobedience? Rebellion? He didn’t really know and it didn’t really matter.
“Sal? Is that you? What are you doing, man? Come on, everyone’s waiting for you. You are such a nut! Let’s go!” Sam shook his head and the two men headed back to the corporate office.
Did you ever play hide and seek as a kid? Most of the time I couldn’t stand the suspense of waiting to be found and would jump out of my hiding spot in excitement before my seeker would yell “Ollie, ollie, oxen free” ~ whatever that means! But as an adult there are many times when I want to hide and I don’t want to be found. I don’t want my Seeker to find me and take me outside of my comfort zone, my cozy, little hiding spot. Sometimes I don’t want to step up and take on the roles and responsibilities I was created for ~ even though I know, like Sal, that the Big Guy will walk with me every step of the way. Why then do I sometimes hide? Fear? Insecurity? Disobedience? Rebellion?
Do you find yourself playing hide and seek with God sometimes? Me, too. So did many of God’s own chosen people – just read the tenth chapter of Samuel to see how Saul tried to hide during his coronation as king. So let’s not feel too badly. But let’s not stay hidden, either. Let’s jump out of our hiding spots! Let’s jump up and say “here I am!” and most importantly, let’s remember that the Big Guy will walk with us wherever He takes us.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Luke 19:10