I wrote this post on Facebook, but after the response I received, I decided I wanted to put it up on here as well because it’s a message everyone needs to hear:
Today I was getting ready to head out the door for work and Anthem knew what was coming. His least favorite part of each day is crate time. I called out his name and he didn’t come. “Anthemmmmmmm where are you?” I couldn’t find him. I searched all over the house and couldn’t find my baby anywhere. Finally, I found him hiding in the corner on my bed. Yes, he was hiding. He had pulled my jacket on top of him and was curled up in a tiny ball.
I used to be like Anthem. I used to hide a lot. I knew I had responsibilities. I knew I had a purpose. I knew I had a calling in life-but I tried to hide from God and all of that. I hid because I thought alcohol and sex was better. I hid because I thought ignoring truth was easier. I hid because I was in pain. And I hid because I was ashamed. I hid because I wanted to do things my own way even though it was killing me. I hid because I believed all the lies Satan was telling me that I wasn’t good enough, that I would never measure up, that I was too far gone, and that I could never change. I hid because I thought it was easier. But if misery accompanies “easy”…is it even truly easy?
Tonight I’m relishing in the fact that my hiding wasn’t a deterrent to Christ. I was the 1 that He left the 99 for. He pulled me out of my darkness and He rescued me.
Tonight if you’re hiding, know that you are also that 1. The shadows and the darkness are a lonely place to be in. It might feel safe. Maybe it’s comfortable. But I can tell you that you were not created to hide, and you aren’t better off when you do.
Here’s the kicker- God finds you. You can’t hide from God, but you can decide if you’ll let Him rescue you out of the shadows and carry you home.
Psalm 139:7-12- “Where can I go from your Spirit? 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. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
Come out of hiding. Let yourself be rescued.