It started in Eden, these attempts to hide from our creator. The instant we step away from God by choosing OUR path instead of his, we create distance and division...and we try to keep God from noticing.
Ha! As if!
But David realized how futile that is and wrote about it in Psalm 139:1-12.
God, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Rich Mullins had a moment of realization about this as well, so he rewrote this psalm as the song Nothing Is Beyond You (sung here by Amy Grant).
Truth is...The REASON God keeps such close tabs on us? Love. And why would He love us? Huh. "I cannot explain how You came to love me except to say that nothing is beyond You."