Hiding In Plain Sight

Have you ever dropped something right next to yourself, went crazy looking for and it ended up being in that place you thought you looked a thousand times? Have you had those times where you are looking for a pen or a specific item and it was in front of your face the whole time? It happens to me all the time at work and one day I must of said “It was hiding in plain sight!” about a dozen times. I caught myself as the words came out my mouth and thought about it spiritually. How many times in life is God hiding in plain sight? I can recall many times that I saw God in my situation after the situation already passed, but not while I was going through it. Sometimes we get so fed up with life that we actually ask God “Where are you?”. I can assure you that God is there, He is working in ways unseen, He is not worried, but has it all under control. He is omnipresent and knows the beginning from the end, He has the answer before you even have the question and He doesn’t want us to fear, but trust in Him that His power is made perfect in our weakness.

A few years ago before I became Christian or even believed in God, one of my uncles was in the hospital in NJ while I was at work in FL worried about him. On my lunch break that day I went outside to eat at a table like usual, but  this time as I was walking to the table a man approached me and handed me a little card with a bible verse on it and said to me  ” I’m sorry to bother you, but I feel the need to give this to you.” I thanked him, took the card and began to sit down. As I sat down and started to eat, I read the little card and I just paused and smiled as a peace came over me. I don’t remember which bible verse it was, but I do remember feeling like everything was going to be okay. At the time I didn’t see it, but now looking back I knew that was God hiding in plain sight, I didn’t know of Him, but He knew me.

There was another moment in time while being a Christian women where I was going to make a bad decision and all of a sudden my friends started messaging me to go out with them. I’m talking about on days that we don’t even hang out and friends that almost never hit me up to go out. I was too focused on going out with people I shouldn’t be with in places God didn’t call me to be. I can share because I’ve learned from my actions and don’t want others to make the same bad decisions I did. I ended up going out and it was one of the worst decisions that I felt so horrible for in the end. That one act ended up being such a down fall in my life that I still wish to this day I never went, but I know I can’t go back. just forward to not make the same mistakes, and continue looking for God in the midst of every situation. Now I see that God was there before I even fell into the temptation. Just as the bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13  “God will never allow us to be tempted more than we can stand and with every temptation He provides a way of escape.” My friends that day were my escape, but I chose to ignore them. How many times have we got ourselves in a mess when God had other options for us? Sometimes we expect God to come down from heaven in all his glory to grasp our attention, but God is often working in the simplicity of our lives. He is there hiding in plain sight for us,  waiting for us to notice Him.

I know all of our situations and experiences may vary, but God is there in the midst of it all. The enemy is constantly coming to us to try and bring confusion and distraction into our lives to throw us off course from Gods path. He knows that he doesn’t even have to really attack us as long as he can distract us. If he can distract us then he knows our eyes will no longer be looking at God and we will miss every direction God is telling us to go and fall right into the trap he wants us to. Satan is a master deceiver, a liar and loves to bring confusion to our lives. I think it’s said best in 1 Peter 5:8-9 ” Be alert and sober minded. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” We can all relate as Christians being targeted by the enemy. We have to stand strong and remember God fights our battles as it is written in so many verses of the bible. Don’t lose hope when everything around you seems like it’s falling apart, God sees the greater picture and it’s His master piece. Sometimes God just wants us to seek Him more, I leave you with my favorite bible verses.

Jeremiah 29:11- 14 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and comes and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you.

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