Hiding From God?

By Merna Short of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.  Jeremiah 31:33–34

Bobby’s parents were blind. They rejoiced when he was born a sighted child.

When Bobby was about 2, he became aware when he displeased his mother. He would run and try to hide. He soon realized he couldn’t hide. His mother always knew where he was. But if he held his breath she couldn’t find him immediately.

How long can you hold your breath? Have you ever made a poor choice? Has an unwise decision had you holding your breath, awaiting the results, hoping it would come out all right? Have you undermined your credibility with a thoughtless act? At these times have you wanted to hide your face?

I have good news for you. No matter how we mess up, we don’t need to hide from God. We are written on God’s heart. God not only knows where we are, but he gives us redeeming grace. God is not blind to our failures but accepts us as we are.

We are God’s people.

Prayer for Peace:

Covenant God, we have your laws of love and grace written on our hearts. Forgive us if we ever try to hide from you. Find us and draw us close. Find us so we may find peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation

Each day this week choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following suggested practices or create your own.

Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude and “holy attention.” Write a psalm of praise for the beauty of the Earth or a prayer of healing and blessing for the wounds of the Earth. Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping such as recycling, simple living, fasting from over-consumption of resources. Notice the unique diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, my heart is open to receive your message.

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