I finished a fascinating book this weekend. Seeking Allah Finding Jesus. It’s the true story of Nabeel Qureshi’s journey, a devout Muslim whose quest for Truth brought him to the foot of the cross.
One thing this book reaffirmed in my heart was the promise we are given in Scripture that we will find God when we seek him with all our heart and soul. I am more convinced than ever that the primary problem with seeking God and not finding Him rests with our heart’s inability to want it bad enough.
We aren’t thirsty enough. We aren’t desperate enough. Our hearts do not want to find Him more than anything else on earth.
There is always a cost to finding and following Jesus and usually what stands in our way is our refusal to confront and face that cost.
In Nabeel’s story the cost was huge, He would have to admit that everything he had ever known, everything he had ever been taught, was a lie. He would have to risk losing his family if he wanted a heart that was finally willing to embrace the Truth and a life that was finally desiring to follow that truth.
The baggage we carry on our journey is often the one thing that holds us back the most from finding God when we begin seeking Him. We bring suitcases full of pre-conceived beliefs and assumptions.
Our hearts refuse to let go of those bags. Sure we might let go of some of those bags but there’s always one that we are certain is okay to keep carrying with us. Why would God ask us to let go of that bag? I’ve always carried this bag. This bag makes sense to me. I know what it looks like. I can close my eyes and tell you what it looks like. I’ve memorized where all the pockets are.
It’s only when we choose to drop all the bags and keep walking along, our hands entirely empty, that our hearts and our minds reach a point in the journey where another WAY of understanding and perceiving becomes possible.
We suddenly understand that the bag we thought was assisting us was really just weighing us down and delaying our journey to arrive at Truth.
Where are you along the path to Truth today?
Is there a suitcase you are refusing to set down?
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. Jer 29:13-14