Seeking and Finding- Look, See, Pray

Imperial Crane, Hamerton Zoo

Not very flattering, is it?

An Imperial Crane, elegant & splendid. Also hungry! There was only one thing on its mind- looking for lunch. Paying me no attention at all as I attempted to take a classic portrait, the Crane almost melted into the long grasses. Feathery crest and wing pinions imitated the arching lines of the grass, and with stately strides and dagger-like beak he/she earnestly sought out food.

I have excellent forgettory skills… and even better dis-location abilities. Something may be in my hand one minute: and lost eternally within seconds. I can’t explain it, or remember where I put it. Lostness just happens!

Frustration caused by mis-placed objects is a major fact of life in my home. When that missing article is really important, a serious seeking starts! Groans, muttering and hrrumphing echoes through the house- and usually (but not always) that which was lost is found.

There have been times, many times, when the search is for God- not because He is lost, but because I have wandered off– the finding-and-being-found is a source of great joy. It also needs to be said that God searches for us because He loves us and wishes to make reconciliation. It’s a recurring theme in the Bible.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Jesus repeated this statement with extra emphasis. If we are truly searching for truth, for love, for God- we WILL find… wholehearted seeking love is rewarded with Love.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7 v7-8

Perhaps we need a reminder to look, to search, to pay attention to the God who seeks us out.

Am I serious about seeking, asking, knocking? God is waiting, just behind the next grassy tangle…

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