As most of you know, yesterday was the first day of my 31 Days of May Blogging Challenge that I am hosting. Each day I post three writing prompts to the Facebook challenge group. Writing is hard, but coming up with creative prompts that everyone in the group can relate to is even harder. Yesterday, I was having trouble coming up with new prompts so I started to pray about it. And that’s when it hit me. Hide and seek.
Gearing up to start home schooling Lana, I did a lot of research. One of the most highly recommended aspects for home schooling a preschool is to let them play. So, while we do go over colors, shapes, letters, and numbers, our main focus is on creativity and imagination.
When I think back to my childhood, I remember all kinds of games. I had GIANT teddy bears that I would put in my play car, pretend they were my parents and children, and drive them around for hours. My parents bought me a toy kitchen, grocery cart, and all of the play food you could dream of, so as you can imagine I did a lot of grocery shopping and cooking. Perhaps my favorite role-playing activity was playing teacher. I had an easel with a chalkboard on it, plenty of babies to teach, and just the right amount of imagination to make it work.
But those were all games I played alone. Most of my memories of playing in my childhood involved lots of other kids and outdoor games. Out of all the games we played hide and seek was my absolute favorite.
From what I understand, I was TERRIBLE at it. I was not a very good hider, and often times would steal the last hiding spot. But there was something so exciting about being “hidden” and just waiting to be found.
For those of you that were good at the game, I’m sure you used to get anxious just waiting on someone to find you. If they took too long, you would start to worry that you would never be found. You had this longing for someone to find you.
Now, I was also not the best seeker, so many of my hide and seek memories included the hiders coming to find ME. (How embarrassing, right!?) In all of this reflecting during my prayer time, I realized something. Just as we played hide and seek as children, we also play it as adults.
Obviously, we aren’t consciously playing the game. We don’t go to work and hide from our co-workers just waiting on them to find us. [If you do, I want to know what kind of job you work!] More often than not, the only time we would actively participate in this game is if we work with or have children of our own.
But how many times have you tried to hide your faults from friends and family?
Or tried to hide your lack of discipline from your boss?
How many times have you tried to hide from your own thoughts?
What about God or the church?
You see, we have this instinct to protect ourselves. We don’t want to be hurt or ridiculed, so we may hide our true feelings about issues we face. The last thing we want in the workforce is for our employer to think that we are incapable of completing our job. Instead of facing the root cause for the problems we have internally, we assume that if we just ignore it the issues will go away on their own. And because of shame or pride, we don’t turn to God like we should. We shut out the church; the very people that are there to help us through this journey of life.
Honestly, I’m guilty of a good bit of what I have just listed.
“Tag! You’re it!”
The best part of the game of hide and seek, in my opinion, is being found again. When you realize that the “it”person is approaching your hiding spot, there’s an adrenaline rush. You are filled with excitement and joy. In the game, you have to run back to base as quickly as you can so that you don’t get tagged. But as an adult, maybe we need to be “it”.
Let your friends and family see those faults. Allow them to be a safe place. It’s scary to think of their reactions, but there is so much to gain from that honesty and vulnerability. Choosing to be “it” can free you.
Let your boss know where you struggle. They may have suggestions to help you stay on task and be more efficient. Choosing to be “it” can cause growth.
Face your own demons, don’t ignore them. See a professional if necessary. Don’t allow your negative thoughts to continue to fester in your mind like a sore. An untreated wound has the potential to become infected, don’t open yourself up to contamination. Choosing to be “it” can heal you.
Instead of running and hiding, turn towards God and the people He has placed in your life to support you. The Christian walk is not an easy one, but running the race with like-minded people does make a difference. God holds all the power to change your circumstances. Let go of your hurt, pride, and shame and allow Him to work in and through you. Choosing to be “it” can change you.
So today, I challenge you to be “it”. Stop allowing your fears to control you. Step out of your comfort zone. Break the cycle of hiding. Be the seeker; change the outcome!
What are you hiding from and how can YOU choose to be “it” today?
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