Five Minute Friday - Hide
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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.
hide and seek
My kids (who are adults, just to be clear) and I have had a little hide-and-seek game going for awhile now. It involves a squishy Minion toy that I received in a gift bag near the beginning of the year. This cute Minion sat out on the kitchen counter for a long time - weeks, I'm sure. I don't remember the exact timeline. But then one day, I realized he wasn't in his usual spot, and I wasn't sure how long he'd been missing. Eventually - and again, I don't know how long it took - I happened to find the Minion in some random spot in my kitchen. One of the kids thought to hide it just out of curiosity as to how long it would take for me to notice and to come across it. When I did find it, I did the only logical thing. I put the Minion in a new hiding place for someone else in the family to find. This has been going on ever since. My daughter hid the Minion a couple days ago and I'm wondering where it will turn up.
This silly game adds an element of creativity, surprise, and fun to daily routines. I open up a cupboard to get spices for cooking and there's the Minion. My son puts in a load of laundry and there's the Minion peeking out from behind the detergent. My daughter gets something out of the freezer and finds a chilly Minion as well. The unspoken rule is that the Minion must be hidden somewhere that any family member might find him. Usually he's hidden 'almost' in plain sight. It wouldn't be fair to hide him someplace where he might be accidentally thrown away, or in a place where he's unlikely to be noticed by anyone for months. Usually he's found by someone who just happens to notice him as they go about their regular routine, but a couple of times I've decided to actively look for him. I've been surprised by how long he's remained in a hiding spot, and I've been surprised at how quickly he's been found.
We hide him, but we want him to be found.
In a way, it reminds me of God's Word. It is full to overflowing with hidden things that God wants us to find. When we make it our habit to be looking into his Word, we come across these treasures in our daily reading. And sometimes, we decide to hunt specifically for the treasure that we know is there waiting for us. What do we do with this treasure, once we find it? Hopefully, we hide it in our heart and mind. We hide it in such a way that it can be found again and again. Bringing encouragement or hope or a timely word to others and to ourselves.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. ~Psalm 119:11
I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old -
things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding -
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
My goal is that my be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ~Colossians 2:2-3
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