Peaceful Paranoia

He Is Out To Get Me

‘We want to play here comes the giant!’ Then they run, giggle and scream and hide as I hoist one of the smallest grandchildren on my shoulders and pretend to be a giant looking for those in hiding. Practically everyone gets in on the game. Grandmom, aunts, uncle, dads and moms are participants as well as any guest who happens to show up. Hide and seek is played with a twist, everyone hoping they will get caught as they don’t really want to stay cramped up in a closet, under a table or in the basement too long. They are paranoid they will be found, but it is a peaceful paranoia. They know and trust the one who is seeking will do them no harm.

Eventually, He will find me. He is out to get me, and I am glad about it. I don’t want to stay hidden in these dark, cramped places. These places of self-reliance, self-importance, selfishness, and a general lack of interest in what He wants to do in my life and through my life.

I would rather be paranoid. It is a paranoia that gives me great assurance about today and tomorrow. I no longer have to worry about what I will eat, or wear, or do in the morning, or how I will sleep in the night. He will find me and provide (Matthew 6:25-33). He rejoices that I am safe in His arms. I find peace with Him. Let the gentle giant find you.

Luke 15: 4-7 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.