When God Hides

Written by on March 6, 2013

Girl hiding eyes

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

Following the crash, crunch, shatter of a car accident three weeks ago, I found myself in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital. I closed my eyes and looked for God’s face. I listened for Jesus’ voice. I strained to sense the presence of the Holy Spirit. But everything was quiet.

God, where are You? I asked in my mind.

For us all, if we’re completely honest, sometimes God is hidden from view. In fact, I’m still having days of hide-and-seek. It feels like Jesus is hiding and I’m seeking, but He’s way better at this than I am. (He can make Himself invisible – isn’t that cheating?)

I’ve been on my back for three weeks. I’m still fighting cycles of pain. Frankly, this has been a season of not-so-much fun.

Where is God when we need Him?

Several of you have written to say: When we’re in a crisis, God touches us through the people who help us. God was in the paramedics, the firemen and police officers, the ambulance guy, Tim, Emily, Charlie, and Laurie, who prayed on site. And my friend Charles, from Toastmasters, was part of the medical team serving in the E.R. when we were admitted, and prayed with us. Most of you reading this today have let me know you’re praying. Thank you!

What’s more, I was given and sent stuffed animals, dinners, flowers, money, letters, cards, and many gestures of friendship. All of them had Jesus in there somewhere. Where is God? Everywhere we look for Him.

Maybe He isn’t hiding in such a tough place after all.

How do you find God when He seems hidden?

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  1. Paul Sohn   On   March 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Lynn – thanks for sharing your thoughts. In times of difficulty and suffering, God may seem hidden as we cannot palpably feel His presence with our five senses. But, I know that God provides us with the Holy Spirit to be sensitive to His presence. Just reading your post has helped me put things in perspective. Your singular devotion and unwavering resolve to focus on Christ alone has emboldened me to fight the good fight. I am so honored to be your friend, sister. I hope you are recuperating faster. When I can I owe you a visit. I’d like to pray with you and share our life and platform.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Paul, thank you for your encouraging words – often the wind in my sails. Wish I could take credit for my resilience, but even that comes from our Christ. I look forward to seeing you soon. Lynn.

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