We are at our most innocent when we are born—naked, defenseless, dependent, sinless. Babies have nothing to hide and they have no shame. Their feelings and emotions are fully exposed and there is nothing they can do about it. Babies are the real deal! They are incapable of being anything other than perfect. Everything they do is sweet and precious and priceless.
Somewhere between birth and growing up, we develop the urge to do things like “hide,” “cover up,” and “feel ashamed.” Most of our life is spent playing peek-a-boo with God and the world. We wonder, “Who heard me?” “Who saw me?” “Who knows what I really am deep down inside?” We allow the circumstances of life to light our way, and we decide to start making decisions on our own… some good and some bad. No longer are we satisfied to have our human needs met, we want our desires met. We make weak decisions, treat others with disrespect, and misrepresent who we are in Christ. It is downright embarrassing what we will do to get what we want. We suddenly forget things like honesty, integrity, and love. Ignoring the value of other people, our goodness disappears and we are trapped in a cycle of dishonor and selfishness.
As long as we are getting by with sinning, we feel pretty successful about ourselves. We move along and never consider the consequences. At least, not until we are exposed. You probably remember our good friends Adam and Eve. God created them and they didn’t require a stitch of clothing! They were happy and content. Although they gallivanted about the garden naked, they “were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25). The moment sin entered their lives, they were aware of their bare nakedness— and they “were ashamed” (Genesis 3:7). Is it the peaceful communion with one another and God that we remember most about Adam and Eve or is it their transgression? The serpent, the tree, the apple? One of the Bible’s most fascinating blame games has captivated readers for centuries, and it is in fact the SIN which stirs in our mind.
While we are busy camouflaging ourselves, God is looking for us to fulfill His will, live in harmony with people, and love. He wants us to be ready, willing, and able to do whatever He asks us to do. In our hiding place, we wallow in our pity and convince ourselves that we are unworthy to serve a great and mighty God. In our solitary confinement, we assume that God won’t find us. What a great plan! Hiding from God. It doesn’t take long for Him to find us. Psalm 139:7-10 paints a beautiful picture of what hide and seek with God looks like.
Where can I flee from Your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there Your hand will guide me;
Your right hand will hold me fast.
Someone once said, “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” When we find ourselves in the midst of a Garden of Eden experience, a choice must be made. Continue on and allow the heart to grow darker and darker until it reflects the shadows of night or accept forgiveness from God and allow Him to purify the heart until it illuminates the True Light.