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Seek…

S is for Seek
1.   
to go in search or quest of.
2.   
To try to find of discover by searching or questioning
3.   
To try to obtain.
Synonyms – hunt, pursue, investigate, search for

It is time to go to Sunday School. 
My little brother, Jim, hunts for his Sunday shoes.  When Mom sees what is happening, she enlists aid
from my littler brother, Gene, and me. 
There are some frantic questions, where did you have your shoes
last?  This question is asked, as she
turns over the waste paper basket in the living room.  Then the question every parent has asked,
“Why don’t you put your things away?” 
Finally there is much rejoicing as we find one shoe.  Jim wore his ragged every day shoes to
church.

When our four children were in elementary
school, the lost hammer story was born. 
My dear husband searched high and low for his hammer.  The children were
questioned for a week or more.  “Who used
my hammer and didn’t put it away?” 
Denials all from all of them did not change anything.  Then came the pronouncement, “Kids, you know
better than to not put my tools back if you use them!”  After things calmed down, my dear husband
climbed the ladder and moved the attic closing over, to go into the attic.  There, on the edge of the opening into the
attic it lay.  The hammer!    The children were kind, no ‘I told you
so’s’ came, and their father apologized.
Life is filled with lost and found items, moans
and groans, ‘where did I put that?’
In order to seek, to search for, to pursue an
item, we must first know it is lost. There is no need to begin a search unless
we know what we are looking for.
  Being able
to describe the item, searched for, to know its attributes.
One wise lady confided when something is lost, asks
where is the most logical place it could be? 
This gives a starting place to begin the search.  Of course, it is always in the last place we look. 
Then there is the value of the item.  How much does it matter if it is found?  Once we went on a trip.  I owned several necklaces that I valued
highly for their sentimental value.  I
wanted to hide them from any possible greedy eyes.  When I returned, I had forgotten where I hid
them.  It was a week or more before I
found them. 
One time, driving at night in St. Louis, I
realized I was moving the wrong way on a one-way street.  I could see a man waving his arms on the
sidewalk trying to get my attention and re-direct me.  I searched for a turn around place.  I was afraid of getting lost or stopped.  I finally found my way and continued home. 
It is when we lose our way in life, and nothing
seems to go our way, we look for a turn- around, a way out of our trouble.  We want to travel safely in our life until we
reach our destination.  Distractions
beckon us along the way.  When we moved
to Illinois,, I drove on the highway alone for the first time.  I looked for a way to return home, but all I
saw were Exits beckoning me. None looked familiar.  It was frightening.  I had lost my way.
When we lived in Arkansas, traveling westward on
a street toward home, I came to a rise in the road.  All I could see was the setting sun in the
distance. There seemed to be no road.  Would this road truly take me home, or would I
rise up into the sky and disappear? 
Doubt filled my mind.  Yet, I kept
driving, trusting that I would arrive safely home.
In our lives, we often search for our way.  Who do we trust?  There are many signs left for us, if we have
eyes to see.  No matter which way we
look, God is all around us, waiting for us to choose Him.  The scriptures are plentiful.  Do we believe God exists?  How can we not believe?
We want assurance that what we do and believe
is the one way that will take us Home to Heaven.
Seek the
Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you
everything you need.
 Matthew
6:33
This verse says it all.  We are a nation of ‘wants’.  We forget that God provides our needs, and
when we belong to Jesus, we have ‘enough’ and we give thanks.  We praise Him for his goodness and cling to
His promises.  We see God through answered
prayers, blessings and loving others, above all. 
  And it is impossible to please God without
faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he
rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Hebrews 11:6
  The Lord looks
down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly
wise, if anyone seeks God.
  Psalm 14:2
  The poor will eat and be satisfied. All
who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will
rejoice with everlasting joy.  Psalm
22:26
  The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the
house of the Lord all
the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s
perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Psalm 27:4
  The humble will see their God at work and be
glad.
  Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.  Psalm 69:32
  “Keep on asking, and you will receive what
you ask for. Keep on seeking,
and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For
everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
  Matthew 7:7-8
  For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are
lost.”
Luke 19:10
  But don’t be so concerned about perishable
things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God
the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”  John 6:67
  And it is impossible to please God without
faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he
rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Hebrews
11:6
  His purpose
was for the nations to seek after
God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far
from any one of us
.  Acts 17:27

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