We Can’t Run…We Can’t Hide!

Dear Reader:

Yesterday afternoon Susan invited me over to see her new home and celebrate my nephew Lee’s birthday! It was a lot of fun…Bekah and Ady were just coming back from a swim meet in Savannah and timed it perfectly for the arrival of the pizza…de’lish! And the red velvet birthday cake was such a treat!

I told Lee that I needed a picture of little Rhodes playing ‘peek or boo’ with me because the story (from a devotional I read earlier this week)is about seeing and sometimes not seeing…or thinking God can’t see us.

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.” – Hebrews 4:13 NIV

“Peek or Boo” has always… and continues to be… a favorite childhood game…no matter how many times we play it and yell out “Peek or Boo.” Little children think if they just cover their eyes no one can see them. We adults think that is just adorable in our little children and grandchildren toddlers…but you know what…unfortunately we convince ourselves that we can do the same thing with God…disappear from His Sight.

Here are some amazing facts about our vision that are just plain mind-boggling. (Source: “What God Sees”– Indescribable- Louie Giglio)

“Did you know that on a clear night, away from the city lights and using only your eyes, you can see all the way to the Andromeda Galaxy, which is located an astonishing 2.5 million light-years from Earth? And on a really good night, you can see all the way to a star called Deneb, one of the brightest stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. Scientists aren’t sure exactly how far away Deneb is, but they think it’s at least 9 quadrillion miles away — or 9,000,000,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeroes! God made your eyes amazingly powerful so you can see just a bit of His magnificent creation.

But as powerful as your eyes are, God’s eyes are even more powerful. He can see the farthest star in the farthest galaxy of the universe. He can also see the shortest hair on the left leg of the tiniest bug. And He can see every hair on your head — and count every single one (Luke 12:7).”

God see absolutely everything. “And He sees you — perfectly and completely. But when God looks at you, He doesn’t look at just the outside — your clothes, your hair, or your nose. God looks much deeper than that. He looks at your heart, and He sees all the things that are filling it. He sees the worries and the doubts, what makes you happy and what scares you. He also sees the anger, the jealousy, and all those secret sins you think no one else knows.”

The nice thing about this situation is that there is no need to play games with God because He already knows all our secrets that we try to hide and guess what…He loves us in spite of them all…just the way we are. We never take a bad picture in His Eyes…or even have a bad hair day…What a relief!

So until tomorrow…Here is an interesting tidbit the author added in his devotional that caught my attention…I am a trivia lover and I think you will be amazed too.

“Your eyes blink about 12 times every minute — that’s more than 10,000 blinks every day (not counting when you’re asleep, of course). Each blink lasts about 0.3 seconds, which means you have your eyes closed for more than 50 minutes every day!”

Party fun for the young and younger! Sliding down steps…Susan’s stairs are just perfect for this game!

Pizza and birthday cake are a  winning combination and if you don’t have a candle… an imaginary one works just great too…only they are harder to blow out.

Funny faces and playing hide and seek completed the evening…thank goodness for little children showing us all how to have fun! What is a party without them?

Susan’s house is beautiful and works perfectly for one and all…her living space downstairs consists of a welcoming foyer, cozy den, large sized kitchen…bedroom/bathroom andwalk-in closet.  Bekah and Ady have their own bedrooms/bathrooms and an extra lounge/den area to watch television and play games upstairs…

Took this picture at 7:00 last night of the moon. I hope I can stay up to see the “Blood Red” moon color….will see how it all works out….BURR! It is freezing outside…literally…in the twenties!

 

I went out about 11:00 and was disappointed…you could tell the eclipse had started as it looked like someone had bitten off a piece of the moon but still it was just white….so what was the big build-up about the “super blood” color?

 

I really forgot about it and started reading….suddenly I felt the book sliding down my lap and jerked awake….when I looked at the clock it was 12:45. Nah…it was too cold and it was probably completely eclipsed and nothing but darkness out there. Something kept nagging at me however…so I threw on my coat and at first thought my initial inclination was right…I didn’t see any moon.

Just as I was about to turn around and start back towards the porch…I saw it…straight over head. It was so directly overhead I couldn’t lean back far enough to see it without feeling like I was going to fall over…

I thought that there was no way my little iPhone camera could possibly get any identifiable photo in all the darkness but I desperately wanted to try….BECAUSE…the moon was almost completely “blood red” against a streak of light blue…it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in the sky. I am so thankful I followed my “gut” reaction and went outside.

Not too bad for a little iPhone shot is it? God’s amazing universe!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to We Can’t Run…We Can’t Hide!

  1. Gin-g Edwards says:

    What a fun evening…glad that God can see our hearts…loved the facts about the galaxies bc the sky is my favorite part of earth…love you

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