Stop Hiding

When my kids were younger, we used to play hide & seek. I had boatloads of fun coming up with all kinds of creative places to hide (in cupboards, under cushions, across chairs, etc). Hide & seek is a fun game but not fun in the context of relationships. Marriages, friendships & families can quickly unravel when a person hides & gets secretive about their life.
In the context of our relationship with God, hiding has never been helpful, particularly in light of the knowledge that God knows everything, so hiding with God is pointless. Consider Adam’s efforts to hide in the Garden of Eden – it didn’t really work. While I can appreciate that it’s not always safe to be thoroughly transparent with everyone all the time, let’s be mindful in our relationship with God to be vulnerable, transparent, available & present. Don’t hide with God 🙂

an important thought for friendship

 I was reading earlier this week about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He was under tremendous pressure knowing that He would be betrayed, brutally beaten and crucified in less than 24 hours.  In the Garden, He was in an extremely weak place emotionally and He asked 3 of His closest friends to “keep watch with Me.”  It seems to me that Jesus wanted some company during this REALLY TOUGH time – unfortunately, His friends fell asleep and weren’t very good company.

But here’s my point, if you want to be close to someone and really connect and know them, you can’t just hang around when everything is smoothy groovy.  Deep, genuine and constructive intimacy requires us to be present when the other person is in their most vulnerable and even weakest state.  Let’s learn from the failure of Jesus’ friends and do our level best to be present for others when they are in difficult times.