|The Crucifixion by Antonello da Messina|
1475. I think he captures the "hiddenness."
The passage above from Isaiah is spoken in the context of God claiming Cyrus the Great (A Persian Gentile emperor) as God's messiah (anointed) and how it is that God will be at work through him. This is not what the people expected. God shouldn't be found in a gentile king, but within God's own people...I mean we have a contract of sorts! What could God be thinking? Ah, yes, 'your thoughts are not our thoughts' O Lord! Isaiah will remind us of this in just a few chapters.
Don't assume that God is not present, often God is hidden, to be seen only through the eyes of faith and the assurance of hope. Look for the hidden God in all that you do and you just might be amazed to discover that God is in the most unusual places--and people!
A prayer: "Dear God, we certainly don't see the world as you see it! Help me to see you at work even in the hiddenness of your presence! Amen"