By Michael Tidwell
I was running through the school parking lot. I knew better but everyone else was running as well. Suddenly, I felt a strong hand grip my shoulder. "Michael, come to my office." I knew that the voice belonged to Mr. Zachary, the principal. My mind began to race on what I could say to get out of this situation. What made matters worse, is that my mom worked at the school. I knew that if I got in trouble at school, I would also get in trouble at home. "Everyone else was running." I blurted out. He responded quickly, "But you got caught." Like Adam and Eve, we scheme, blame and hid trying our best to not get caught. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themsleves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:7,8). We must all ask ourselves, what are we hiding behind? Is it a denomination or church? Is it the gifts or talents in our life or in the life of others? Are we hiding behind our associates or a ministry? God has a way of removing the hiding places in the lives of His children. He desires a personal walk with you.
If we will be sensitive to the voice of God, He will ask us the difficult questions:
- If everyone left the church, except the pastor and three others, would you stay until I led you otherwise?
- If you never received any recognition, accolades or compensation would you still offer your talents and gifts unto Me?
A honest and true response to that still small voice will expose if we are hiding behind a denomination, church, associates or a gift. If we are, God is near to lead us back to the only true hiding place and that is in the shadow of His wings.
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings. Psalm 17:8
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.