Jeremiah 29:13 “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart”
Starting my walk later than usual, Sheba (my German Shepherd) and I commenced our routine of climbing the cemetery hill. I knew we had missed sunrise and I watched as a jogger ran up ahead of us to the summit. Deep down I felt dismayed. The early hours, the sunrise, the solitude I have found at the peak of the cemetery hill would now be unattainable because I had not left the house early enough. So I turned my attention to the Lord, praising Him, snatches of choruses from my favorite songs echoed in my head as I ascended. The verse I had been ruminating on all week came to the forefront of my mind…it was from Genesis when Eve ate the fruit from the “Tree of Good and Evil”. Adam and Eve were not aware of both “good and evil”. They had always only known God’s best. His perfection. His complete attention. His pristine creation, uniquely melded together with perfect fellowship and idyllic peace. I had always looked at “evil”, never thinking that “good” was less than God intended. It has bothered me all week. The verse in Jeremiah 29:13 came back..”if you seek me…..” and suddenly I realized I was not looking for God in His creation! My mind was elsewhere, distracted with good things but not the best. By this time I was rounding the highest point, knowing I would not see the deer that He always allowed me to be unnaturally in close proximity, especially with Sheba at my side. So I started back down and noticed the “tree”- the brilliant tree from last year- it was drab looking. I took a picture with my phone. I passed by and turned the corner. I realized that I had not truly identified the tree and turned to go grab a leaf to help me solidify its identity. Lo and behold, a 4 point buck was staring at me from underneath the tree. Too late to grab my camera again. I was way too close. Our eyes locked, I stopped, always amazed at how close God allows me to be to his beautiful creatures. I had a few more seconds and then he bounded off. I was so thrilled to have seen him so close yet bummed I didn’t have a picture to remember it by. I continued onward to the base of the tree and plucked a leaf. Wanting to make sure it really was a red maple, the leaf had seven points – of course it did! “7” God’s number of completion/perfection. As I headed back down pondering its meaning and praising God…it hit me! I had taken a picture of the tree before! Was the deer there? Even then? I stopped, found the previous picture (see picture below) and blew it up larger. Yes, there he was, but I did not see him because I was not looking for him. Again, I heard the message…..God said, “I am always here but you must have eyes to see, ears to hear and you will find me.” I am always humbled when He gives me such a beautiful message. He is always there, how many of us get distracted with “good” things or activities and miss the “best” that God has for us. Good and evil are all around us but only when we remember to seek God’s best will we find Him.
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.