you seek me with all your heart
you will find me.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God,
you will find him if you look for him with all your heart
and with all your soul. (NIV Bible)
Lord encourages us to seek Him with all our heart and
all our soul. If we do pursue Him with everything within
us, He promises that we will find Him. I imagine this
to be similar to a child's game of hide and seek. When
my children were young, they would love to play this game
with my wife and I. They would turn towards the wall and
close their eyes and count to ten.
In the mean time, we would scamper off into another part
of the house to find a place in which to hide. At the
count of ten, our children would shriek in delight and
begin their quest to find us. Their anticipation would
build as they would open every closet door and look under
the searching part of the game was always fun, it was
the finding part that was the real climax! We never chose
a place too hard for our children to find us for we loved
the moment when our children would finally catch us. Our
cry of "You found me!" and their cry of "I
found you!" would happen simultaneously followed
by a mutual celebration that the game was over.
game wouldn't have been fun if our intention was to hide
so that our children would never find us. The fun is in
being found. I think it is the same way in our relationship
with God. When He calls us to search for Him, He never
hides Himself so well that He cannot be found.
Father, I am thankful that You do not make it difficult
for me to find You, for You are never far away and are
always happy to be found! I pray that I might pursue You
with all my heart and my soul, all the while having a
child-like anticipation of finding You! In the name of
your beloved Son Jesus I pray, AMEN.