Where is God?: Another Story
Rabbi Barukh [of Mezbizh's] grandson, Yehiel ,was once playing hide-and-seek with another boy. He hid himself well and waited for his playmate to find him. When he had waited for a long time, he came out of his hiding place, but the other was nowhere to be seen. Now Yehiel realized that his friend had not looked for him from the very beginning. Crying, he ran to his grandfather and complained of his faithless friend. Then tears brimmed in Rabbi Barukh's eyes and he said, "God says the same thing. I hide, but no one wants to seek me."
From Martin Buber. Tales of the Hadisim: The Early Masters, page 97.
This story is quoted in yet another story, "At Home with God" Rabbi Debra's brief memoir of finding God during bedikat chametz (the search for leaven before Passover). That essay appears in
Lifecycles 2: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life
, page 40.