Hide-and-Seek Gone Bad

Jeffery A. Rasche

One of the funniest experiences for the rest of my family was stressful for me. It started out with a simple game of  hide-and-seek while were waiting for our relatives to arrive. My brother was “it,” and my sister and I were hiding. My hiding place was the cabinet under the sink in the guest bathroom. I just barely fit around the drainpipe with room to latch the door. I waited long enough to hear my brother find my sister in a nearby room, and then the doorbell rang. Since my cousins were about my age and since my hiding place was so difficult to get into, I decided to stay hidden and let one of the other kids be “it” for the next round.

Suddenly I heard my aunt call out to my mother that she had found the bathroom, and then I heard her shut the door. It was just us in the bathroom, except she didn’t know I was there. In my wisdom, I knew I shouldn’t suddenly pop out of the cabinet; so I stayed in there and tried to breathe quietly.

The toilet flushed; and soon the water from the sink was cascading through the pipe, past my chest, through my curled-up legs, and on down the drain. I began to pray that my mother had set out guest towels.

Hide and Seek Ftr TSP 115165031My prayer was not answered. When my aunt decided to look for a towel, she opened the cabinet door and discovered what I had known all along—that there were two of us in the bathroom. That’s when the shrieking began—ear-splitting screams in a tiny bathroom with not even a towel to absorb the sound! All my relatives came running, of course; and there I was, all wedged in that cabinet under the sink. Everyone, including my aunt, burst out laughing.

As I look back on that day, I am thankful for at least three things. First, God gave me a great family. Second, we had a chance to laugh together. Third, I definitely won the game of hide-and-seek!



Proverbs 17:22 (GNT) says, “Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.”

It is not always easy to keep a sense of humor, especially around your family. They know you well enough to accept your bad moods, so in many families you have permission to express your negative feelings. And often family members are exactly the people who irritate us.

Laughing family2 TSP 180408858Proverbs 17:22 is important because it reminds us that being cheerful is healthy. Some of our most cherished memories are of the times we have spent with our families, laughing, telling funny stories, and simply enjoying one another. God has given us the gift of family. Another gift is added every time we laugh together.

Jeffery A. Rasche , of Camp Point, Illinois, still keeps his family in stitches!

—from devozine (November/December 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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