Have you ever lost something and you put all your energy into finding it? Well, I experienced an event yesterday when I came home from work. I let Monty out of the laundry room where he stays when we are away. He has plenty of water and space to roam, but I do believe that he sleeps most if not all the time while we are gone. I came into the house from the garage and opened the gate. I proceeded to walk to the master room, sit down in my old leather chair and contemplate my day’s activities.
I began to hear the jingling of Monty’s dog tags as he began to try to find me. Nothing mattered to him except finding me. He began his search in the places where he knew I might be. He didn’t go to Carter’s room or Tyler’s room or even the guest bedroom. He went in the family room, then in the living room and finally in the master bedroom. He came into the room but didn’t see me so he went into the bathroom and checked out the throne to which I wasn’t there. He came out and came right to the chair where I was sitting and proceeded to take a flying leap into my lap for some touch time. He wasn’t going to be denied from seeing his master. He went for it (me).
I think there are some parallels as I have journeyed throughout my personal walk with God. I am reminded of the passage in Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” God says to us that if we seek Him with all of our heart, He will be found by us. The seeking and the searching is our responsibility. The being found by Him is His responsibility of revealing himself to us.
I am reminded of my life verse in II Chronicles 16:9 where it says that God will strongly support those whose heart is completely his. We have to have a heart of going for it (Him) with all of our being. Monty would not be denied. He knew that I was in the house and he was going to find me however long it took. Do we have that same drive to know the Lord. No matter what comes our way, no matter what road blocks that cause us to take detours, or places we go that don’t ultimately fulfill what we are looking, do we have that determined resolve to settle for nothing less than what we are looking for.
For Monty, the only person that captivated his attention and his resolve to find me was me. The only person that captivates my attention and desire to find Him is God and His son Jesus Christ.
On this journey be careful what you seek after. There are many things that can cause us to take detours and take us to dead-end streets. Seek after someone who is big enough to fulfill your wildest dreams and then settle for nothing less.
Thanks Bill. Appreciate the encouragement