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Macy Robison

September 25, 2012

“Mommy? Do you want to play hide and seek?”

My son had just started preschool, and had learned to play hide and seek on the playground. He was coming home every day and asking me to play. I was 8 months pregnant, and not so easy to conceal. But I finally told him that if he wanted to go hide, I would come find him.

I turned my back and started counting. “...7-8-9-10…ready or not! Here I come!”

As I turned back around to start looking for him, he popped up out of his hiding place, and shouted, “Here I am!”

After a brief rundown of the concept that he needed to hide so that it was more difficult for me to find him, we tried again and had the same results. As soon as I began my search, he popped up and told me where he was.

The weeks went by, and he became a little savvier in his gameplay. He didn’t jump up and tell me where he was right away, but would stay hidden and shout out hints from his hiding place. (“Mom! I’m behind the couch!” or “Mom! I’m in the dining room!”) No amount of conversation could convince him to play differently. He was so anxious to be found.

As I’ve contemplated the 2012 Time Out for Women theme, “Seek the Good,” I’ve thought of those hide and seek games with my son and the times in my life when I’ve really had a need to seek the good. Ironically, the sad and difficult times in my life have been those times when it was the easiest to seek and find the good. When my mom suddenly passed away after a routine surgical procedure. When my seven-year, emotionally difficult marriage ended. When I was single, divorced and navigating the world of dating. When it seemed that I was going to have to come to terms with how to live my life alone. At those times it seemed that if I made the tiniest effort to seek the good, it would pop out to brighten my day just like my son’s little face during our hide and seek games. I needed the Lord on a minute-by-minute basis during those times, and it was such a blessing to see His hand in my life and record the things I was learning in my journals as I was going through those difficult times.

As I was flying home from performing at a TOFW event recently, I was reading in my current journal. I was shocked to discover that this journal – not even halfway filled – contains entries that go back six years. I’ve been known to fill a journal in six months, and I’ve been recording in this current journal for SIX YEARS?

This really bothers me.  I know that I’m at a time in my life when I am very blessed. My family is doing well, things are going smoothly, I’m able to participate in so many things I enjoy…but shouldn’t I be continuing to seek for more good in my life?

Why is it that I am so good at seeking the good when things are challenging in my life, but when things are going well for me, I kick back and relax? Am I the only one who does this? How do I seek the good when I’m surrounded by good? How do you motivate yourself to seek the good when things are good?

I’m hoping that as I write here over the next couple months that we can learn from each other and discover — together — how to seek the good when things are good and when life is hard. It’s time for a new kind of hide-and-seek game. Will you play along?

Macy Robison is a performer, photographer, and mom. She lives with her husband and two kids in Austin, Texas. Though not a hide-and-seek expert, she is quite good at playing freeze tag and kick-the-can. She loves donuts, cookies and Graeter’s Raspberry Chip ice cream.