Are we seeking Him in our brokenness, our wilderness, or are we sweeping broken shards to the darkest corners of our souls?
“You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13 (CSB)
Today, we begin in a familiar place, a Scripture most of us memorized as a young child, easily plucked from the dark recesses of my mind. Tucked away from long ago days with flannel boards and small wooden chairs.
I went word searching, seeking original meanings and connotations.
- Seek: “To search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after, ” according to Bible Hub’s Lexicon.
- Search: “To tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship.”
- Heart: “The heart (as the most interior organ).”
We stitch together words seek, search, and heart together with ALL: “the whole of, any, whatever, beyond all doubt. The whole quantity or amount, everything.” Dictionary.com
Stitched together, Jeremiah 29:13 becomes more than a memory verse on a flannel board, it is the heartbeat of who we are. Deep in our souls. It is everything we were created for.
In our wilderness places. The wilderness is where you need Him most. He becomes the breath in your lungs, strength for your next step.
Do we? Do we seek Him with our entire being, while the pieces of our broken heart lying in shards on the floor? Are we more prone to sweep our brokenness to the darkest places, deep in our souls, giving up on seeking?
A. W. Tozer from his book, The Root of the Righteous, says this:
“The Christian is strong or weak depending upon how closely he has cultivated the knowledge of God.”
Deep roots grow when we seek and search The Word. He’s there, on the pages. He is in gentle breezes, falling leaves, downy hair on a baby’s head. The butterfly sitting up on the last vestiges of blooms.
He is in the big, in the small, the great, and the ordinary, in the mundane.
Are we seeking Him? Are we searching?
Gifts of Grace
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I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you, my own daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. Sharing the realness of life. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.
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