There’s a great Hasidic story about the teacher Rabbi Zolman. One day his six- or seven-year-old son came bursting into the house, just sobbing, crying his heart out. He said, “Daddy, we were playing hide and seek,” …he may have addressed him in Hebrew… “Abba, Daddy, I was hiding way out in the woods, and I waited out there, behind the trees for hours. I didn’t know that the kids had decided not to play anymore. They didn’t come and tell me, and I waited out there.”
That wise and wonderful rabbi took his little boy in his arms, and he rocked him and said, “Ah, my son, that’s the way it is with God. God plays hide and seek with us. God hides behind the trees, but we have quit playing the game.”
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- You may think that the question “how prayerful are you?” would be the right question to ask when it comes to growth and transformation. But have you ever thought that perhaps an equally important question is, “how playful are you?”
- We often talk about our desire to find God as if God is lost. How about allowing ourselves to be found by God, to be called by name and embraced by the source that gives life?