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Seek and You Shall Find

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Last week, during heavy rains and flash flood warnings, my living room flooded.  The exterior drain got clogged and water seeped in, drenching the carpet and padding.  I only discovered it because a meeting I was supposed to be preparing for got postponed. So while the kids took care of their afternoon responsibilities, I emptied the dish-drying rack and tidied the kitchen. When I walked along the far side of the living room to place a special platter back in its display holder, I felt the squish of puddling water in the wet carpet beneath my feet.

My first call was to my husband (the iPhone tells me I made the 16-second call at 3:23pm).  His office is a mile from home, so he arrived within six minutes. In that time, my boys and I grabbed every towel in the linen closet to sop up the mess.  That’s when I texted my network of friends.

Flooding Texts

Flooded-Carpet-and-PorchWithin moments of texting each request, different friends responded telling me they had what I needed.  Within 90 minutes of discovering the flooding, I had everything I needed to fix the problem, including a neighbor who came over to help my husband snake the exterior drain–all without spending a dime.

In response to this situation, I had a choice.  I could either focus on the frustration of the flooding or I could be amazed by how quickly everyone responded.  I could be annoyed by the clogged drain or touched by the outpouring of kindness, generosity, and availability of the friends in my community.  I could obsess about the potential for the problem’s recurrence or I could be grateful for every aspect of the solution.

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)

Usually when I read Matthew 7:7, I hear the Gospel encouraging me to pray – to ask God for what I need.  But now I hear something more.  Now, I hear an invitation to either seek God’s abundant grace or seek my own self-centeredness by complaining.

Seek and you will find.

Because regardless of my goal here–regardless of what I’m seeking–I will find what I’m looking for.

Far too often, I struggle to recognize God’s grace in a frustrating situation (like that time I was Stuck at the Gate).  As I have shifted my prayer to specifically ask: Speak Lord, your servant is listening, I am delighted to find myself recognizing abundance instead of lack… grace instead of frustration… opportunity instead of disappointment.

In faith, I know God’s grace is abundant.  The question remains: Do I seek it?

  • As you encounter difficult situations, what do you seek?


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