Hiding In Plain Sight

“Oly, Oly Oxen Free.” “Ready or not, here I come.” These are a couple of phrases
that are associated with children’s games like kick the can, hide and seek, and others
that you and I probably played when we were children. Sometimes one of the kiddos
would be creative enough to hide in plain sight. And the person who was “it” would
search all over and walk right past the person who was hiding in plain sight.
 
We’ve seen many pictures that depict a truism that has been with us for many years.
A person can stand in front of a light, whether it’s a sunset or sunrise or light pouring
out of the doorway in which that person is standing, and all everybody else sees is a
silhouette.
 
The person’s identity seems to get lost in that light. You don’t see the facial
features and you cannot tell what kind of a person that is standing in front of that light.
The light is the dominant feature of that picture.
 
To take it one step further, a person can actually hide himself by standing in front
of a light. That is to say, a person can hide in plain sight.John speaks often about Jesus
being the light. And in John’s epistle (I John 1:7) we read, “If we walk in the Light as
He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of
Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
 
The implication is clear. When we place our lives in Jesus Christ and live for Him,
then people will see the light of Jesus and we will fade into the light.
Song: “Walking In The Light”
 
Father God, we are, as recorded in Matthew, the light of the world. But we are the
light of the world only in that we allow the light of your Son shine through us. Let
that be our purpose. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
Dennis Russell, Santa Maria, CA
dennislrussell@comcast.net