Hiding in plain sight
I recently had an eye-opening experience. We had no one to ring the bell before a service at St. John’s so I decided to have a go myself.
I went into the room where I knew the bell was rung and looked for a rope. There wasn’t one. I went and asked where the bell rope was and was told that it was in a cupboard.
So I looked in every cupboard. I found a broom, a mop, a vacuum cleaner, and even Christmas tree, but no rope.
I found myself standing in the middle of the room, turning around and around, at a complete loss. Then I saw it, a small door in the wall painted the same colour as the wall. It had been staring me in the face.
Isn’t that what our lives are sometimes like? How many other things are right there in front of us, but we just don’t see them.
What about God? We turn around and around, but wherever we look, we can’t see any evidence of him.
But perhaps he’s been there all along, hiding in plain sight, and we’ve just been too blind, or too busy, or too distracted to notice.
The world around us is yelling it out.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands… They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1, 3-4).
But we are deaf to what they are saying.
Maybe we just need to be quiet and listen.
God says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Then we might hear the voice of the God who is real, and present, and wants us to know him in a personal, life changing way.
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