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The Joy of Being Found

My children are long past the age of taking delight in childhood games, but I remember hours in years past playing hide-and-seek together, even though it was a game they never quite learned to play according to the rules. In fact, I used to worry about my son. For years I couldn't get him to understand that he shouldn't yell "ready" when he'd found a good hiding place; that only gave it away. He was missing the whole point of the game, I explained. One wants to hide well! Only later did I come to realize that from his perspective, I had missed the whole point of the game. The most fun comes, of course, in being found! Meister Eckhart expressed this mystery well when he said that "God is like a person who clears his throat while hiding and so gives himself away." Even God -- perhaps especially God -- discovers the highest joy in hiding only so as to be found.

-- Belden C. Lane, The Solace of Fierce Landscapes (Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 179