Have you ever played peek-a-boo with a baby? Oh my word, the pure amazement and joy that washes over a little baby-face when yours magically "appears" from behind closed hands...it's like instant happy time for both baby and adult alike. Having a rough day? Peek-a-boo. Need a lift? Peek-a-boo. I think you get it.
If I played, however, peek-a-book with hubby Wes, hopefully I would not get the same response. He would probably look at me like I was loosing my sanity.
What's the difference?
We know Wes is an adult, and a baby is...well...immature. But specifically, we are dealing with a term deemed "object permanence" defined as the 'understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen, heard, or touched.' (wikianswers.com)
Peek-a-boo is such wild entertainment because baby does not understand "object permanence"...when your face is hidden behind closed hands, baby believes, and thinks to be absolutely true, that your face is gone forever.
We of course, know better.
What about the Permanence of God? I heard a quick radio spot by author Larry Crabb recently that has stuck with me. His father was in the hospital, longing, reaching out to God for His presence from the hospital bed...Crabb's father said something stunning. (I paraphrase here) "I am thankful God gave me the opportunity to trust Him at His word, regardless of His presence." Wow.
I say again...
He was thankful that God gave him the opportunity to trust Him at His word...regardless of His presence.
Do we trust Him at His word, regardless of our feelings and circumstances? That He is working out ALL things for the good of those that love Him (Rm 8:28), even when we feel left out of the blessing and life is in disarray?
Or are we like the baby, and truly believe that if God isn't showing up, He has decided to check out, leave, be gone.
Friends, He is with You and I until the end of the age! He is our ever-present help in times of trouble! An adult not understanding "object permanence", walking around with a bottle in hand should be as dis-heartening as a mature Christian not understanding "God Permanence".
"Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity..." Hebrews 6:1. Check out Psalm 139:7-12 under this week's passage...wow.
How would our lives be different, how would our day be different even, dear ones? Thank God today, this moment, that He is the Permanent One.
Special thanks to the Stewarts for bringing up this concept...next stop...baby thug life...lol!