By Bryn Rademaker
If you have ever played Hide-and-Seek with a child, you understand how joyful yet silly the game seems. After telling them they get to hide, counting to 10 and saying, “Ready or not, here I come,” you will most likely hear a faint giggle coming from the corner or even a little voice calling out, “You can’t find me!” I recently played this game with a toddler and couldn’t help but laugh when he shouted from his spot, “I’M HIDING!”
From an adult perspective, Hide-and-Seek seems ridiculous since we more often than not know exactly where the kiddos are attempting to hide. However, from a child’s perspective I remember having the slight fear that I would lose the game when my seeker eventually found me.
As humans (especially in this generation) we tend to mask ourselves and hide from countless things such as our emotions, great opportunities, or even things that will challenge us or call us higher. We have the real fear that if we let people see our weakness and brokenness that they will run away.
If I have learned one thing throughout engagement, it’s the beautiful reality that being real and showing my authentic self is powerful and crucial in relationship. For a while, I had that same fear as above; but the more I find myself letting down walls and coming out of the shadows, the more my fiancé chooses to love me for me. In the same way, our Lord thirsts for the opportunity to love us for US in everything we are.
“Out of Hiding” by Steffany Gretzinger paints the beautiful picture that we have nothing to hide from and nothing to fear when we turn to the Lord.
Come out of hiding, You’re safe here with Me
There’s no need to cover what I already see
You’ve got your reasons, but I hold your peace
You’ve been on lockdown, and I hold the key
Just like an adult and child playing Hide-and-Seek, we tend to think that God (the seeker) has no idea where we (the hider) are. Funny enough, our Lord obviously knows exactly where we are hiding even if we deny it. He already knows everything before even we do, so why not share that with him and not walk alone?
Instead of hiding from pain or running from sin and brokenness, we are invited to run into the Father’s embrace because of the truth he speaks to us:
‘Cause I loved you before you knew what was love
I saw it all, still I chose the cross
You were the one that I was thinking of when I rose from the grave
Now rid of the shackles, My victory is yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home
Even if we believe there are legit reasons for “standing at a distance,” there is nothing greater than making our way home to the Father who loves us tremendously. Check out the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32; even when he steals, betrays his father, and fails at all he does, the prodigal son is welcomed back with the most loving arms of his father when he chooses to come home.
Come out of hiding, for you’re safe here with our loving God.
~Steffany Gretzinger, worship pastor at Bethel Church in California, began her career in Christian music after being raised in a musical household. Her first solo album The Undoing was released in 2014 and hit 2 on the Top Christian Albums charts. Other beautiful songs of hers include “King of My Heart” with Jeremy Riddle, “Pieces,” and “Defender.”