Today’s Scripture: And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
We first visited eastern Ohio seven years ago in the peak of the spring morel mushroom hunting season. Hundreds of people seem to come out of winter hibernation to search the rapidly greening woods for these delicious delicacies. Helpful new friends quickly gave us an abundance of advice. We were told to search where we saw mayapples growing. Others told us we would find the best mushrooms where elm trees were rotting
Armed with this new information, our family of four eagerly took to the woods in pursuit of these elusive culinary treats. Hours of searching proved fruitless.
This spring, one couple searched for morels for weeks. Upon finding a lone fungus, they took it home, cut it in half, and stood over the skillet together, watching and waiting until they could each have a couple bites of enjoyment.
Others post pictures of themselves on the Internet standing with multiple large bags full of morel mushrooms. They always have a big smile. The rest of us search the background of the picture for clues, so we can find a copious amount of mushrooms too.
I confess our family has found less than a dozen morels in the past seven years. We want to get better at finding what some seem to have no trouble whatsoever finding.
Maybe that is how it is with you and God. Some seem to find him with no trouble whatsoever. You search and search and feel you have precious little to show for your efforts.
God promised his chosen people (the Jews) during an especially dry spiritual time in their lives that if they sought for Him with all their heart, they would find Him. Jesus reaffirmed this promise to us in Matthew 5:6. King David encouraged us to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).
You don’t have to stand over an almost empty skillet waiting for a lone mushroom to cook so you can have a tiny taste. Asaph tells us God wants to fill empty mouths with spiritual truth (Psalm 81:10).
Don’t waste your time trying to figure out how other people find God. Find Him the way He said He could be found: search for Him with all your heart.
Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan