Kids love Hide and Seek and a good Easter egg hunt. Finding things brings such delight!
Think you’re too old to play Hide and Seek? If you’re like me, you seek God during dark trials. Finding Him would bring you such delight—and peace.
How can God be found? July 4th will give us a reminder. What’s the secret to spotting fireworks? Simple. Look up. In the darkness you’ll find beautiful lights.
Sounds easy. Not so easy when we’re trying to find God in our struggles.
Where are You God? Are You still there? My child’s in torment. How can I help him see Your hand in his life when I can’t find you?
It’s hard to trust Him when we can’t track Him.
CAN God be found? Does He want us to find Him? Yes.
Psalm 14:2 tells us, “The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.”
In Hebrews 11:6 we read His promise that, “Anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Deuteronomy 4:29 even tells us how to seek Him.
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Psalm 63:1 gives us an example.
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
1 Chronicles 22:19 tells us, “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.”
In Matthew 4:12-16 we read about the fulfillment of God’s promise. That Light will come into the world. God sent His Son to provide light in darkness.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2
His light is much more than a beautiful burst of colors that brightens the sky and quickly disappears. His light illuminates our heart with lasting and perfect peace.
“…because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
Where is His light? Remember what you do when you enjoy fireworks: look up. He’s hiding in plain sight.
He can even reveal Himself to your child who has mental illness (MI). Read how he did it for our son:
God revealed His presence and protection to me when Chris was out of touch from reality. I experienced His faithfulness when Chris was in the psychiatric unit. I felt His peace when Chris went to the partial-care unit. Chris, however, still couldn’t see how much healing had taken place because he was busy making up schoolwork. His torment pierced my heart.
“God doesn’t love me. Why did He let my life get so shattered?”
I had no response. Only a plea for God.
Father, please help Chris know You still love him. Reveal Yourself to him.
Soon after, God answered my simple prayer in two powerful ways.
Chris gradually weaned back to school. Starting first with only one or two days a week. Building up to a full week. He even started going to musical practices. This was a risky move because it involved a great deal of stress. Students had to audition to be in the jazz band at Chris’s school. The director selected professional-level music. During Chris’s recovery, he hadn’t practiced his trombone. Was he ready? Could he handle the pressure?
One day, the band traveled to a nursing home for a performance. One of the other trombone players, Adam, didn’t show up. So, the director asked Chris to play his part (without any preparation or notice!)
As they were walking up to the stage, he turned to Chris and said, “I need you to play Adam’s part.”
Chris proceeded to sight read the other part perfectly! He even spontaneously created an improvisation solo that would fit the background music. Chris’s fellow musicians were stunned to witness what Chris was able to do. They didn’t’ know the half of it. They didn’t realize he was recovering from an illness that affected his mind.
God revealed His love and faithfulness to Chris when he took several tests. Anyone would be stressed at the thought of taking a pre-calculus test. Chris had to make up SEVERAL in just ten days. On one of the make-up tests, there was a problem none of the other students got correct. But Chris got it correct!
Chris finished that school year on time with all his work made up, earning nothing lower than a B on his report card. A report card which included several college level AP courses.
Yes, God can reveal His love and faithfulness even to our children who have MI.
Hillsong’s God is Able