Thought for the Day:
“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.”
Luke 12:2 New International Version (NIV)
It appears that children quickly learn in life the game of Hide & Seek. They run and hide, and another seeks to find them. Often younger children have the mistaken assumption if they hide their faces or a part of their body, they become invisible and unable to be discovered. I have watched many times as a child would hide behind a curtain or under a covered chair only to leave part of their foot or a shoe in plain sight. The one “seeking” will go along with the child hiding in order for the game to continue, but we know what is thought to be hidden is not.
That particular scenario is not endangering anyone, but at times there are issues hidden that can be deadly. I began to think about this after being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of breast cancer. I didn’t feel the tumor, wasn’t bothered by it or felt differently due to its presence in my body. In fact, had not my radiologist been aggressive in seeking a shadow appearing on my annual mammogram, I would have left her office to return next year. Imagine what would have been discovered upon my return.
That tumor had found a very comfortable place within my tissues and was feeding off estrogen for growth. Slowly and without being found, the tumor was hidden except it left a shadow behind; like a child hiding behind a curtain with only a part of their body exposed.
As God brought this to mind a lesson evolved. Is there something in our lives that we have hidden away where no one can see, except maybe a very close circle of friends? Something that could be extremely dangerous for our physical health and spiritual growth? Possibly the sin has found a very comfortable home tucked within your being and isn’t affecting you, or so you think. But the danger is that sin has an appetite. It will grow and not remain stagnant because sin has a habit of wanting more, needing more until it is felt by you or seen by others.
We all experience sin on a daily basis. But we have a Savior who gave His life so we could learn how to diagnose sin and its effect on our lives. He is the one who searches our hearts and lives for those sins that need to be eradicated before they do unrepairable damage to our spiritual lives. The believer is one who, at the expense of having the sin discovered, is willing to have it extracted so life may be lived to the fullest sharing lessons learned with others. We are not equipped to handle sin on our own.
Hide and Seek is not a game to be played with sin and a Holy God.
Lord, thank you for doctors that are dedicated to their profession although we might not want to learn the information they discover. Bring to mind the blessing of additional opportunities we have to serve you and others because our days have been lengthened due to that discovery. May we always be sensitive to identify sin; bring it out into the open; ask for your forgiveness and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, our helper, moving us forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.