Sam recently became fascinated with hiding things. He’s three and a half now and just loves to find the perfect spot for one of his cars or a bouncy ball. That’s all fine and good until he hides his puppy and it’s bedtime and we can’t find it. Then the whole house goes into search and rescue mode and we leave no pillow, cushion, chair, drawer, or cabinet unturned or unopened. I remember being enamored with hiding places when I was little. There’s just something wonderful about finding a spot out of the way, where one of your G.I. Joe men will fit or where a special Lego creation can rest without fear of being destroyed by a big brother or sister.
Now, I am finding little signs of Sam all over the house. When I put my shoes on in the morning, there is usually a T-Rex taking a nap in one of them. A few times I’ve opened my computer bag at the office to find a little alligator or a race car carefully perched just beneath the flap. Sometimes I open the drawer to get a fork and there’s a dump truck sitting with the spoons. I love it and know that when this season of hiding gives way to something else, I will miss these little signs of Sam all over the place—maybe even the occasional marble in my shoe.
The Psalmist writes in Psalm 119:10-12:
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.
I love the idea that when we hide God’s word in our hearts there are signs of God all around our hearts. When we go to that place in our heart that is overwhelmed with joy and gladness, we find “Rejoice it the Lord always, I will say it again, Rejoice!” or when we visit the place of sadness in our hearts and open a drawer of memories we find, “You do not know what I am doing now, but later you will understand.” It is imperative that we continue to read and study Scripture, and hide verses in our hearts in various places because we need those signs of God’s presence in every nook and cranny as we journey through life.