Khloe and I have been playing a lot of peek-a-boo lately. I’ll hide behind a blanket, pop out and growl like a lion or make some kind of silly sound that sends her into hysterics. We get such a kick out of it that I’ll keep doing it over and over and over again, trying to elicit that baby belly laugh that is one of the sweetest sounds ever created until my cheeks ache from grinning. One of the neatest things is seeing how she has now begun to realize that I’m still there behind the blanket.
Did you know that there’s a technical term for Peek-a-boo? Yes, leave it to us to give peekaboo a psychological name. I wonder if there’s a named syndrome for lacking peekaboo skills? The technical term for peekaboo is “object permanence.” Object permanence is one’s ability to understand that an object still exists even though it isn’t visible.
After Jesus was resurrected, Thomas said he wouldn’t believe it was really true unless he saw and touched the wounds on Jesus’s hands and side for himself. Eight days later, Christ appeared and told Thomas to put his finger into his hands and put his hand into his side, telling him, “Do not disbelieve, but believe” (John 20:27). Thomas shouted back “My Lord and my God!” To which Jesus replied, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Are you believing God even when he is not visibly present to you? Through the periods of drought, are you seeking him and believing him still? For a good crop to grow, it must endure a dry period. We are to know our Savior always, not just in the times when His presence is manifest and obvious (how much faith does that require?), but we voraciously seek him in and out of season, knowing that he’s still there. God doesn’t disappear, and neither should we. If we are active in our faith only when He’s manifest, we pop in and out of consciousness and miss out on the beauty of relationship.
What if you were stoked on a new song and downloaded it, only to find that the music kept cutting out…on, off, on, off, on, off. Would you be able to enjoy the song? Would you ever listen to it? Would it be meaningful at all to you? Would you share it? The Christian walk is not meant to be a few pretty notes smattered on a page. Your relationship with your Heavenly Father is a masterpiece of unfathomable quality, with chords and harmonies and nuances that are perfectly and uniquely composed as a love letter of grace to you, orchestrated for His utmost glory. If we only listen when the high notes hit, we miss the romance of the song.
Hebrews 11:1 says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” And verse 6 says that “without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Believing that God exists is one thing. Seeking him though he is not seen is another. We don’t forget Him the second that we don’t see him because we are not babies anymore. We’re done with peek-a-boo. We get the whole “object permanence” thing. We understand that drawing near to God also means seeking Him, and for that we are rewarded. What’s the reward? THE SONG! The relationship. The symphony of seeing His hand at work, of resting in the grace bath that He’s drawn for us, of being sanctified as we sit in awe of the timbre of His majesty.
What good is belief without pursuit? And, if we are not in pursuit, do we truly believe?
“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth….that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘in him we live and move and have our being.'” Acts 17:26-27