October 2, 2007

Seeking

On the way to work, I passed a church sign that read:

God is like scotch tape. You can't see Him, but you know He's there.


How clever.

How misleading.

While I can somewhat appreciate the sentiment that yes, God is invisible, but He holds everything together...it's not completely accurate. We don't see God because we don't seek Him.

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


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I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
--Proverbs 8:17


Notice that to find God, we must look for Him. Still, it's not a game of Heavenly Hide-&-Seek. God's not hiding, He's waiting. Once we start searching in the right places, we'll be able to find Him. And I'm convinced that finding Him doesn't mean just knowing that He's there...it's actually using our spiritual eyes to see His glory, His work, and His plan.

But how?

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
--Colossians 4:2


More and more, I'm realizing that my morning Bible study and prayer time just isn't enough. If I want to see God, I must devote myself to building a relationship with Him. I've got to communicate with Him throughout the day, not just during that time I set aside for Him. Although our quiet time together is special, I have a tendency to get lost in my day and not think much about Him. I'm not looking for Him.

One precious woman of faith I know begins her day in prayer, but doesn't say Amen until she goes to bed. She continues her attitude of prayer throughout the day. I need to take a page from her book!

Paul also says we are to be watchful. Let's be on the lookout for Him! We must also remember to be thankful for the blessings He's bestowed upon us. If we're intentionally looking for Him in everything we do and thanking Him for what He's given, we're sure to find Him there.

Scotch tape is a wonderful invention (my daughter would argue it's one of man's greatest!). I do need to be held together, but that's not all. So, I'm asking God to be a Band-Aid...one big enough to remind me of my infirmity and to cause others to ask what happened.

10 comments:

julie said...

This is a beautiful post. I'll take a Band Aide too!

Heather C said...

Searching sinners will always find a seeking Savior!

Luke 19:10 "...for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost"

Committing to be more intentional about seeking Him... thanks for a great post!

Janelle said...

Beautiful word picture. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in such an honoring way.

Angie said...

Melissa----You bless me everytime I visit here! (It's funny you said band aid....I have thought that today...needed it...and said it myself in a blog!--before I read yours! :)
You words of wisdom and encouragement is a treat for this sinner saved by grace!
Bless you!
(P.S.---I have a prize for you at my blog---not a ploy to get you there---you've been over there before---but I just wanted to show my appreciation for your ministry and dedication to writing from your heart---God's thoughts!
Be blessed!!

Alana said...

Yes!! Enjoyed this post! Know it to be true.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

I am definately learning to seek Him more and more! Thank you for sharing.

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

Great point!
The thing that bothers me about these kind of analogy is that it tends to dumb-down the majesty and glory of our Amazing God!
I just can't find it in my to compare Him- the creator of the universe- to scotch tape.

(But I will admit, if I ran out of scotch tape on Christmas Eve, I might re-evaluate how important it truly is! ;) )

Blessings,
Sue

The Small Scribbler said...

This post is so timely. God is up to something in my own life. I know not what but I am watching, searching for His next move. The verses here are just what I needed to read today.

Kate

Leigh Gray said...

wow - what an incredible post and blog!! I will be back!! Leigh

Lisa writes... said...

Hi Melissa,
Thanks for your comment over on my site. I'm returning your visit, and I'm glad I did! I look forward to greater perusal of your thoughts reflected here.

Love the scotch tape analysis!

Lisa