God has always had His special way of getting my attention when He desires it and this year, I must say, is no different. It seems like we started the year playing hide and seek. Let me explain…
Wesley and I rang in the new year with some dear friends around the fire pit sharing stories and laughing it up and we were ready to bring our early morning rendezvous to a close.
We bid our friends Adieu as they scurried to their cars to escape the brisk winter air. The first words out of Wesley’s mouth to me was a weird question which at first I had to replay many times to make sense of the context. His question: “Where is the car key fob that was on the table?” I looked at him with a sense of bewilderment on my face. My first response: “Huh?!”
THE LOST THING
“The key fob for the truck,” he further explained…You see, the father of some dear friends parked his truck at our house while he traveled and left his keys with us. The key fob was missing and we had to find it.
It is 1:30 in the morning and we find ourselves turning over the house to seek out this fob. I called my friends and asked them to search, we retraced our steps, brush through puffs of smoked from a diffused fire to see if the fob was misplaced outside. We even found ourselves scouring through the stinky smelly garbage of yesterday and yesteryear to ensure we did not dispose of it by mistake.
I do not know if you caught that but I was so desperate in my search to find this fob that I donned some gloves and we meticulously examined our garbage, which included (debris from the vacuum, dog hair, chicken guts, blood from the ground beef, and the solid composition of bacon grease that was laced with varieties of paper tags). It was not a pretty sight nor smell but it had to be done.
Finally, I paused cause I felt my frustration rising so I took a deep breath. In that moment, it was if I had a second of clarity and an instinct to check my handbag. Wouldn’t you know the car key fob was there perfectly secured with my car keys. I scooped it up by mistake in my rush to clear the kitchen table.
So you ask: Why the story and what does this have to do with my one word for the year.
Well, for a few weeks I have been praying and asking God for a theme for 2016. One word that I can center my life’s purpose around for the year and He gave me these words 3 weeks ago – Seek Me!
AND how would He confirm this? By sending me seeking the misplaced key fob that was safely secured in my purse. My first calculated activity for 2016 would be seeking…. I had to laugh at myself.
The satisfaction and relief that I felt when I found what was lost far outweighed the feelings of desperation during my times of searching. I have to believe this is so in our relationship with God.
Seeking God is never easy. It takes time. It is an intentional mindful activity that requires us to be ALL IN.
We will have to retrace our steps, ask for help, and even scour through some of the messy places that we claimed we will never venture. It is accepting a posture of humility and realizing that you are desperate. The very thing you seek is the very thing you need. You will not come up empty-handed.
HIS PROMISE IS THIS:
So my dear friend, if your desire too is to Seek Him, He promises that we will find Him.
- Seek His Face
- Seek His Instruction
- Seek His Kingdom
- Seek His Will
- Seek His Counsel
- Seek His Good
- Seek Wisdom
- Seek Justice
- Seek Peace
Seeking reminded me that I too carry the tendencies of a wandering nomad needing to be found.
So this year:
I WILL SEEK HIM!
Do you have a theme or a word for 2016? Please share with me by commenting below: