Oh, Where is my Hairbrush?
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
Whenever I lose an item, I ask "oh, where is my hairbrush (or item x)" and then find it, I think, "ask and it will be given." While it is fun to think that Jesus is listening to my requests for lost items, I have a strong suspicion that my rediscovery of material items is not divine providence.
We spend a lot of time in our lives searching: searching for Christ, for ourselves, for a purpose. Jesus has many parables about people who are taking part in this search: a shepherd looking for his lost sheep, a woman looking for her lost coin, or the prodigal son who for a time was lost to his family.
How we seek is crucial to what we find. The end goal of our search influences what we find along the way. If we are seeking destruction, we will find weapons to destroy throughout search. On the flip side, if we are seeking peace, we will find instruments of peacemaking along the way.
We may not know the specifics of what we are searching for, but that doesn’t mean we cannot choose the spirit in which we seek. May Christ guide us this week as we seek to be disciples that share his love with the world.