Jordyn peeked around the tree at her older sister, Jayla, sitting on the steps of the back porch counting to 100. They were playing hide and seek. Jordyn was good at hiding, but Jayla was better at finding her.
Jordyn sighed and looked round the backyard for a new hiding place. She wanted to win at hide and seek just once. As she looked around the yard, she spotted an opening in the bushes that was a tunnel leading to the neighbor’s backyard. “If I go next door, Jayla will never find me,” Jordyn thought.
Jayla was still counting, “50, 51, 52 … ”.
Jordyn stood staring at the tunnel, “I want to go, but Dad told us not to leave without permission.” Jordyn could see Jayla still sitting on the steps. “I will just hide on the other side of the bushes for a few minutes, until Jayla goes into the house looking for me,” Jordyn whispered aloud.
Jordyn slipped into the bushes and watched as Jayla finished counting and started looking for her. Jordyn smiled because Jayla couldn’t find her in the usual spots. She sat on the grass on the neighbor’s lawn as Jayla ran around the yard calling her name. Jordyn had trouble not laughing aloud because she had found the perfect hiding place. Before long, she fell asleep and did not awake until she heard her dad calling her name. When she crawled out of her hiding place, her dad hugged her, but told her she was in trouble for not following instructions.
Why do you think Jordyn was in trouble? Did she pick a good hiding place?
What we want is never more important than obedience. If we want to please God, we must choose obedience. Colossians 3:20 says, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”