Yesterday Malachi was playing in his room with his friend Micah and I overheard him say, "no, no Micah, you can't hide from God." so this little phrase comes from a kids bible story on Jonah and in the story Jonah is told he can't hide from God. who knows what was going through Malachi's head as he said this to Micah.
It made me laugh and then I started thinking about it. It is true we can't hide from God - he works in our lives despite us. We ignore him, try to hide or just become overwhelmed. I have shared with some that this past week I was overwhelmed with a lot of brokenness and hurt around me and in people's lives that I care about. To top it off on Tuesday night there was a dramatic arrest of a car thief across the street from our house. Note to all who live in the LA area, when the helicopter keeps on circling around your house you should just go inside and lock the door. So anyway. We have been reading Space for God in our Monday night group and I have just taken a lot to heart from the readings. One huge lesson is that prayer brings us to the places that break God's heart, to the brokenness in our community. Then this brokenness and injustice lead us right back to our knees. My friend read Psalm 121 on Monday, the words have gone with me through this week. Then when Malachi pulled the phrase on not hiding from God out of his memory bank, it led me back to this Psalm. God does always watch over us, we can't hide.
I lift up my eyes to the hills-
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip -
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watch over over Israel will
neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm -
he will watch over your life;
The Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.