So, if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. …Put to death whatever in you is wordly … Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you must also forgive. Above all, put on love – the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:1-3, 5, 12-14 HCSB
There is an incident from my childhood that still resides in my mind, beckoned whenever I think of ‘hiding.’
We were at a gathering involving many other children, and some of the girls were being particularly mean, as older elementary girls can sometimes be. While I have a sharp tongue, a fact that often gets me into trouble, I was a shy child, so I left the scene and found a hiding place. Though I could hear them looking, they didn’t find me, and I spent the rest of the evening in my secret spot.
I don’t remember the details of that night—what was said, who was involved—much of anything, really. All I remember was hiding, and feeling safe where I was hidden. That turns something of a sour memory into one that savors of sweetness, and I find that amazing.
Hiding isn’t always an act of cowardice. It can be one of wisdom, and can offer security. It can also change the outcome of something bad.
Kind of like eternity.
Jen didn’t say what she was hiding behind or under. But, when the other kids were looking for her, they didn’t see her. They saw the thing that was concealing her.
From Jen’s perspective, she was secure, hidden, safe. From the mean girls’ perspective, she was just gone, replaced by a large object.
Oh, in my life, may that object be Christ. May he so overshadow me, that those looking for me will only see Him, not me. That will only happen when I live out the words of these verses, when I hide my old self in Christ, putting away all that is worldly within me.
When I choose to hide wrath and showcase compassion, when I choose to push down annoyance and put on patience, that’s when I am hidden in Christ, eclipsed by His character.
Today, may His qualities completely hide my own.