The story of Adam and Eve in the garden is the perfect place to begin our journey as to why we hide, where we hide, and how to get out of hiding. God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat of the forbidden fruit in the garden, they did, and Genesis 3:7-8 recounts their actions. “At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.”
Adam and Eve knew they had sinned for once they ate of the fruit, their eyes were opened to good and evil. They had never known evil before, only good and once they ate of the fruit, they experienced the evil they had never known. Their response to sin was to hide and we have been doing the same thing ever since. Just like my daughter, we hide because we are afraid, because we know we have done something wrong and we are afraid of being found out. Maybe we are afraid of the consequences, to ourselves or to others. Or maybe we are afraid of what others will think of us. Nonetheless, we are afraid and so we hide.
We have many hiding places, some are obvious and some are not. Most of the time, we do not even know that we are actually hiding. We just go through our day reacting to whatever presents itself in the moment and denying that we are in hiding. Denial works well, for a while, but sooner or later denial stops working and our true self in revealed both the ugly and the pretty. The choice is yours to make. For me, I would rather deal with the areas of my life that are in hiding on my own terms. Look inside your own heart, become a student of your life experiences and discover where your hiding places are so you can be in charge of your own revealing instead of someone else.