The kids I lived with in California love to play Dark Hide ‘N Seek. This was a new concept to me when I first moved in. Instead of just Hide ‘N Seek, you turn out all the lights in the house and play in the dark. Your options for hiding are drastically improved in the dark, as were my odds of stumbling over or into something (and I have pretty good odds of that in light).

At 2:15 this morning I was lying in bed thinking about Dark Hide ‘N Seek. Congestion and the inability to breathe properly were impeding my sleep, and my brain took a tumble into fun times.

For the last several years I have prayed for one word for the upcoming year instead of a list of resolutions. This year I have grappled with what word could possible be for 2017. There were a few I wanted it to be, like “selah,” cause come on that’s just a cool word, but nothing was resonating.

Then at 2:15 this morning it was just there as my mind wandered and my nose fought for oxygen: SEEK.

I don’t know why, but it was like it glowed in the darkness and shouted, “Here I am!”. I argued a little bit and fell back to sleep, but this morning it was still echoing in my ears.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV)

It’s funny to me, because I’ve never liked being the seeker in Hide ‘N Seek. I much prefer to find a hiding spot, hold my breath, suppress giggles when someone comes near, and wait out the finding. Sometimes I intentionally don’t hide so well. This way I’m not the spoil-sport that isn’t playing, but I also know that I won’t need to hide out too long before being found.

But as the seeker, you’re committed. You have to be the one that finds the others that are playing. And in Dark Hide ‘N Seek you are, well, you’re groping around in the dark trying to accomplish your task.

I think sometimes with all the brokenness and pain in the world, it feels like stumbling around in the dark and trying to find God. Yet, the Bible holds promises for those who will seek Him and His Kingdom.

Ready or not, it is about to be a new year, and I think 2017 is hiding out under the couch, giggling, and just waiting to be found.

It seems 2017’s one word for me is SEEK.

I wonder what will be found?