Easter egg hunts. A child receives so much joy as they search and then spot the hidden eggs. I remember several years ago when my son enjoyed the thrill of the hunt so much that he had us re-hide the eggs again and again, just so he could discover them again and again.
As I thought about this, I was reminded of the one and only Easter, as a child, when I was not excited about searching for Easter eggs. It was the year I had the chicken pox. My two older brothers, who took great joy in finding the hardest, most creative hiding places, were eager for me to search for the eggs. They kept coming into my bedroom, trying to coax me out of bed so the annual search party could commence. Even though I was sick and felt miserable, I finally dragged myself out of bed around noon to look for the eggs.
I’ve often said that this faith journey feels like a life long scavenger hunt. I’ve always loved the words in Proverbs 2 about the benefits of searching for the wisdom that comes from God.
“My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
listening closely to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.”Proverbs 2: 1-5
We must choose to fear Him. We must choose to seek after Him.
Nowadays, I love the daily scavenger hunt. I love finding His beauty and His lessons hidden along the path.
Yet, this morning, I also remembered the hard and painful seasons in my life when the search for uncovering His Truth started off reluctantly. It reminded me of the Easter I had the chicken pox. I felt sick and tired and it took all my strength just to drag myself out of bed (a bed of lies, a bed of bad choices, a bed of hurt, a bed of pride) and make the choice to seek Him and His wisdom.
There’s a correlation between our spiritual eyes being awakened and our choice to search.
This morning I read Psalm 25:14 and it brought me back to the verses above in Proverbs 2. God seems to have a track record of tucking the Truth away where it takes a persistent, deliberate, intentional, and humble posture in order to find it.
“The secret counsel of the Lord
is for those who fear Him,
and He reveals His covenant to them.” Psalm 25:14 (HCSB)
Whether the season you currently find yourself in is filled with hurts or hallelujahs…hunt for Him.
Lord, may we make the deliberate choice to seek You out with all our hearts. You have told us through Your word that if we do then You will give us eyes to see. Lord, I am so thankful that even a mustard seed of faith, a small grain of willingness, is enough to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8