Friday, February 12, 2010

Seek and Find

Suggested Reading: Matthew 7:7-12

You will seek me and find me
When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you...

Jeremiah 29:13-14a

God is like a person who clears his throat while hiding and so gives himself away. It's seems a fairly contemporary viewpoint, after all it addresses the "hiddenness" of God and "finding" God has posed a challenge for thousands of individuals in the 21st century. However, Meister Eckhart, a German mystic, wrote these words in in the 13th century in response to the question, Where is God?

And, well before the 13th century, Jeremiah also spoke about God’s hiddenness so it apppears we we are not alone in our quest. The question of where is God has been an eternal quandary. Many of us expect God to just show up when needed, keeping the action to one side. This is an expectation that allows us to be sedentary.

What Jeremiah promises, and Meister Eckhart understood, was that God shows himself to those who actively seek. If we stood motionless in our attempts to find hidden friends during childhood games of hide and seek we would have missed the joy of discovery. It’s a given–one can only find if one first seeks.

God longs to be found and His being found is an absolute. In seeking God we may find ourselves led to unexpected places, locations we never imagined, people we never considered. But, if we seek with all our heart, He will not be silent. When we least expect it He will clear his throat, revealing His presence, giving us the joy of discovery.

Thought for the Day: How will I seek God today?

Jesus, thank you that you are not a god that stays hidden and silent.
Help me today to seek you, finding you in the places I least expect.

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