seek the Lord
with all your might,
you will find him
as the shepherds did
as they searched for him
one starry night.”
--Luke Gambill “One Starry Night”
I have a confession to make: I’m a bit of a Christmas crier. Every time the people of Bedford Falls unite to help George Bailey at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, I reach for the tissues. When Linus cues the lights and recites Luke 2:8-14 to the Peanuts gang, hand me a Kleenex. The Grinch realizes that Christmas isn’t about presents and feasting? White Christmas’s Wallace and Davis surprise General Waverly with his old unit singing “We’ll Follow the Old Man”? Start the waterworks.
A couple of weeks ago I subbed in one of the pre-Kindergarden classes while the children rehearsed their song for the musical One Starry Night. I sat behind the class as those cherubic voices sang about seeking and finding Jesus. I was in big trouble. It was either pull myself together or use the only absorbent surface available, my sleeve.
These simple, yet profound lyrics sum up what we’ve been doing this Advent season, seeking Jesus with all our might. Our search is not in vain, as scripture reminds us:
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
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)
I’m astounded at the simplicity of this message. God does not demand that we pass a test, or pay a fee, or make ourselves worthy before entering into a relationship with Him. There’s no fine print, no levels we must reach first. He assures us that He will be found if we seek Him with our heart and soul...with all our might.
Have you found Him this Christmas? He’s not hidden away--but ever present. When the shepherds heard the angels’ proclamation they went to Bethlehem as fast as they could to see for themselves what God had revealed to them. Seek Him this week, as the shepherds did and see for yourself.
“For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8)