No Secrets

Hide and seek.  That favourite childhood game of trying to find somewhere where you will never be found.

As adults sometimes we have our own versions of hide and seek.  Trying to find places where no one will find us; hiding from the world; trying to escape; wanting to be left alone; hoping no one has seen our mistake; wanting space; needing somewhere to lick our own wounds.

Yet at other times we want people to notice us, to see our pain, to notice our hurt, to just give us some love or care – and it feels as though no one does.

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Jeremiah 23:23-29

23 I am everywhere—
both near and far,
24     in heaven and on earth.
There are no secret places
    where you can hide from me.

25 These unfaithful prophets claim that I have given them a dream or a vision, and then they tell lies in my name. 26 But everything they say comes from their own twisted minds. How long can this go on? 27 They tell each other their dreams and try to get my people to reject me, just as their ancestors left me and worshipped Baal. 28 Their dreams and my truth are as different as straw and wheat. But when prophets speak for me, they must say only what I have told them. 29 My words are a powerful fire; they are a hammer that shatters rocks.

I guess it’s both good and bad news that there is nowhere we can hide from God.  There is nowhere he can’t see what we’re doing, he knows what we’re at, what we’re doing, saying and thinking…  He sees those telling lies, those trying to get others to reject him, those worshipping other than him. There are no secrets.

Yet, wherever we are, whatever is happening in our life, God knows and cares very much.  He hasn’t abandoned us.  We’re not left alone to fend for ourselves.  He sees when others mislead us, when they hurt us, when we are damaged.  There are no secrets.

God sees everything – how scary, how comforting.

I know Lord,
that there are no places
where I can hide from you.
Nowhere I can hide
from the wrong I have done,
the hurt I have inflicted,
my rejections of you
and those around me.
And so I come in sorrow
and repentance
to ask for your forgiveness.

I know Lord,
that there are no places
where I can hide from you.
You know where I am,
how I am,
the pains and burdens I am carrying
– you know the reality of my life.
And so I come in thanksgiving
and rest in the reassurance
of your presence.

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