I remember playing this with my brothers and neighbor friends as a young girl. I liked the hiding part much more than the seeking part. I didn’t like being caught off-guard, when the seeker would find me unexpectedly and scare the daylights out of me.
I have tried playing Hide-and Seek with God too, it never works either. We have all tried it, even from the beginning of time. Adam and Eve tried hiding from God after they ate of the forbidden fruit. Gen 3:8-10 Jonah allowed himself to be thrown overboard, only to be swallowed by a large fish in his attempts at hiding from God and not doing what God told him to do.
I recall a story about a large bowl of apples, placed at the front end of a cafeteria line at a theological institution for the training of Christian leaders. The note attached read: “Take only one please, God is watching.” Well, some practical joker attached a note to a tray of peanut butter cookies at the other end of the line. It read: “Take all you want. God is watching the apples!”
That has been my attitude too often, trying to get away with my sins while “God is watching the apples”.
We can’t hide from God; he can watch the apples and the cookies at the same time. We may try hiding from him, yet he never hides from us. He wants us to seek him!
Ps 139:1-12 O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 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 mean 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.