Who hasn’t searched for missing car keys, misplaced glasses, an earring? But sometimes we’re searching for deeper things.
Sometimes we’re not even looking and something lost finds us. Just this week I found out I have a niece I never knew about – how does that happen? I didn’t misplace her, I didn’t even know to look for her. She found me – and crazy enough, she didn’t know her search would lead to finding an aunt.
Kind of like when I was waltzing along through life. Sometimes I knew something was missing but I dismissed it. And then suddenly the One searching for me all those years, helped me find Him. Jesus hadn’t lost track of me, but He had lost me to the world – until that moment I said in my heart ‘is this what I’ve been missing?’ – and pursued Him.
“I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity.” (Jeremiah 29:14a NIV) Captivity. Yes, captive to a world who holds on tight, blinding us – we search and find only things that don’t last.
But here’s the truth: the Light shows the way to our misplaced longing: “The kingdom of heaven” (by the way, you and me, we’re the kingdom of heaven, those who are called believers, followers). “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When He found one of great value, He went away and sold everything He had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45-46 NIV) Do you see? He not only searches us out, helps us find Him, but to secure our forever He went to the cross and gave everything He had. Even when we didn’t know it was just what we needed. To Him, we are of great value.
This week my daughter lost a diamond in her engagement ring. She searched diligently for it. But it was her fiance who found it. What a picture of Jesus. We look and look in life for what will satisfy. But it is only Jesus who truly fills us up.
How do we find Jesus? “You will seek me and find me when you seek Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV) As my daughter has given her fiance her heart, so we give Jesus ours. The more we surrender it, the more it is filled to overflowing. That’s just like Jesus, we think we’re giving to Him and find out all along He is the giver. We were lost, now found.
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