Hide and Seek was a favorite pastime in our house when my children were very young. They could spend countless hours searching for that magical hiding place that made them appear completely invisible. What fun they had lurking behind curtains or crouching under bed frames, hoping to be the last one in the game to be noticed.
However, once they were discovered by the person who was "it", a huge smile would come across their face and a squeal of delight would fill the room. Yes, it was fun for awhile to go unnoticed, but everyone wants to be seen eventually.
Imagine going through life in a continuous game of Hide and Seek, only in this cheerless game, no one is looking for you. Everyone seems to have completely forgotten that you even exist. Each next game continues one after another, while you stay hidden away in the very same hiding spot that you first selected. After awhile, you might even begin to make a bit of noise in the hopes that someone will discover you so that you can join the fun. But no one seems to hear you.
This is how many people live life on a daily basis, feeling completely invisible. Even though these individuals may have steady jobs or go to school every day, no one seems to notice their existence. They may sit alone on the bleachers at the Pep Rally or are never asked to join the other girls in the office for lunch on Fridays. The other prettier or more popular people often laugh and greet each other in the halls, but when the "invisibles" walk by, no one even acknowledges their presence.
It is very possible to feel lonely in a crowded room full of people. You can feel overshadowed in your own family by other siblings who are more gregarious or attractive. You can even feel invisible within your own marriage. Yes, there are sometimes people who might even say "hello" to you now and then, or who might even include you in a conversation, but no one seems to wait to hear your opinion or ask your thoughts. Everyone seems to just keep walking and talking as if you aren't even there. This is an awful way to live, but many people fall victim to this "life of invisibility".
If you feel as if this scenario might describe you, know that you are valued and have a very special place on this earth. God has a plan for your life! Embrace your quirkiness. Dare to be different. Strike out and make new friends, friends that are like you, that like the things you like, and that appreciate your unique qualities. Find friends that celebrate you! There are people out there looking for a friend just like you!
Refuse to walk through the precious days God grants you, feeling invisible. Do not compare yourselves to the so-called successful ones – those who covet the limelight – “the beautiful people.” Stop clutching your insufficiencies (real or imagined) as you walk in the shadows of others. Do not internalizing every hurt, every rejection, allowing the pain to pierce your heart. Refuse to sideline yourselves from life – wearing your excuses like a shield for not even trying. Know God’s grace is available to you, He will teach you, lead you, urge you to dream higher dreams. To show you that with His ability you can make them come true. I want you to know today. You are NOT invisible. God sees you. You matter!