Hiding

Psalm 139:1-3–O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known¬†me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted¬†with all my ways.

We went for a hike on Saturday at the watershed in Norris, TN. I approached a deeper part of the creek and this little guy leaped from the bank and splashed into the water. He frantically swam around looking for a hiding place and then tried to bury himself in the muddy bottom. This was as buried as he could get. He froze and never moved an inch while I got close and snapped a few photos. He thought he was well-hidden.

How many times am I guilty of trying to hide from God? Whether it is my sin I would like to keep from him or avoiding a job He gives me. Sometimes I forget (or would like to) that it is impossible. I can no better hide my every thought from Him than this little frog could hide from me. At times, it feels like a burden that God can read my innermost thoughts. They aren’t always pure and holy, that’s for sure. I do wish I could control my mind better than I do, and in the times when it wanders I wish I could erase the thoughts before they reach God’s ears.

The flip side of that coin is that God knows my every move and so He knows my every need. And, oh, what a comfort that is! He is familiar with all my ways, all my shortcomings, all my sins and imperfectness, and yet He chooses to still know me. What an amazing, compassionate God we serve! Thank you, Lord, for choosing to be acquainted with all my ways and guiding me to better serve you. Thank you, Lord, for loving me in my imperfection. Thank you, Lord, for reigning in my thoughts and forgiving me time and time again. Thank you, Lord, for watching over my every move and protecting me. Most of all, thank you, Lord, for finding me when I think I am hiding and gently reminding me you are still there.

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