Jeremiah 29:13. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. “
A missing child can be one of the most frightening experiences. We will do ANYTHING to find our lost child! We will seek until we find!
When my son was a toddler he decided to quietly move inside the house while the rest of us were outside enjoying the sunny breeze. It was time to go inside and Cole was nowhere to be found. My husband and I started our search calmly. I wasn’t panicked (yet) because I had just seen him out of the corner of my eye. But after a few minutes, my heart was beating rapidly like the Nascar race. My calmness turned to panic!
Sometimes life can take us for a U-turn and before we know it, we are that lost child… Scared, lack direction, isolated, and feel like God doesn’t seem to care. God is not pursuing us like a parent does for a lost child.
The Israelites felt these same emotions. They felt invisible to God for seventy years while they were exiled in Babylon. They were taken away from their land, stripped from their identity, removed from their comforts. But God had a plan amidst their captivity. He told them to carry on with their lives, be fruitful, multiply and don’t allow this exile to rule your life. I have a plan for you, but first you need to seek me and learn a few things before this prosperous plan is revealed.
Jeremiah 29:10. “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.”
Seventy years that is a long time! Why did it take so long for God to find and rescue his cherished people? Perhaps they continued to rebel and take their eyes off what God desired for them.
I recently went through a season captivated by life. I didn’t see God’s good plan. I prayed and prayed but didn’t feel like God was listening. Did he have concern for my broken heart and depression? I felt like a lost child… invisible, scared, wondering if I was going to be found.
Gladly, I was found, or should I say I found God again. I learned how to seek God with ALL my heart, not just part of my heart. I learned things about myself that needed some change. God was orchestrating his good and prosperous plan for me, but I had to do my part first. Seek Him!
Has life taken you for a U-turn? Can you identify with the Israelites, captivated by life and thinking it’s just taking too long! Are you wondering is there a plan for these circumstances and where is God in all this nonsense?
Seek Him!! He is your Daddy and will do ANYTHING to be found by you again. What is He asking from you? Are there some life lessons He wants you to learn?
Then, watch his gracious promise be fulfilled!!