Cross Training

This month, I am trying some changes to my blog. Cross Training will post on Mondays. The format will be a devotional or short Bible study with an eye towards adults. I’m including a series of questions you may use for introspection or to spur discussion with your children over the coming week. I plan to drop the book reviews to focus on Cross Training. I will post an occasional Gayle’s Gable to let you know what Zuno and I are reading and to let you share your favorites. Any feedback regarding the new format would be appreciated.

Hide and Seek

“You’re it!”

The family scrambles as “it” begins counting. Our kids love Hide and Seek. When they were little, they hid in obvious places, often with hands covering eyes so no one could “see” them. As they grew older, their hiding places improved. They became better seekers too.

Jeremiah 29 reminds me of Hide and Seek:

“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD . . .” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV)

God tells us we will find Him, but our heart must be in the seeking. In fact, God’s version of Hide and Seek reminds me of another family favorite: Sardines. In Sardines, one person hides and everyone else searches.

In the dark.

No cheating with your cell phone flashlight.

Once you find them, you join the hider in their hiding spot until the whole family is crammed under Dad’s desk or in the linen closet like—sardines. I think God plays Hide and Seek like Sardines. Not only does He want us to fervently seek him, He wants us to draw close once we find Him.

So, get your game on. How is your Seek?

Discussion Questions for the Week:

Day 1:I can go for days without hearing a word from God, yet there He is when I least expect him and often when I most need Him. Does God seem hidden to you at times? Tell about the times you found Him.

Day 2:When our children were small we hid in easy places for them to find. What are some “easy” places where God can be found? How does His hiding change as you get “older” in your faith?

Day 3:How do you seek God? Is this method effective?

Day 4:How do you seek God with all your heart? What helps keep the seeking from becoming routine or rote?

Day 5:What is your favorite way to “sardine’ yourself or draw near to God?

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