Psalm 105 4-5 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered. 

I’ve never been good at finding things. I always did poorly at Easter. I was never the kid that found the foul ball so I could get two pieces of bubble gum. You get the picture. I think some people just have a knack for locating things amongst a lot of other things. Me, I could never see the trees for the forest. So the verse above gives me a bit of pause because not only are we supposed to seek out the Lord and his strength AND his presence but we’re commanded to do so all the time! I’m not sure with my track record that I’m up to the task. I think I’ll grow tired and I know I’ll get discouraged and even though the prize is a whole heckuva lot bigger than Double Bubble I’m not sure that I have the staying power. Unfortunately the verse doesn’t improve for yours truly.

As I said, I’m not a good “finder” but as I’ve aged I’ve become an even poorer rememberer. I fought it for years and suffered the consequences many times before I accepted the fact that I couldn’t function very well without reminders. Sticky notes, Outlook calendar reminders and scheduled “meetings” like “have lunch with your wife on Thursday” have become the norm for me. Again, the things I’m told to remember by the psalmist are really important and, apologies to my wife, a lot bigger than lunch but with all the stuff flying around in my life I’m afraid I won’t be able to do it. I find myself lost when I look at the task given to me. I’m like a foul ball in an alfalfa field. There’s good news in the verse though too.

Notice it says “seek” not “find” so I think that means I get points for effort. I might be wandering in the alfalfa for days, weeks, months even but I have to think if I can just sustain the effort eventually I’ll find God’s presence. And if I find his presence I don’t see how I won’t remember at least some of the things I’ve heard in church and Sunday school and Mission Trips and Small Group. All of a sudden, I think I’ll be awash in memories of how God has shaped my life and those around me.

So, maybe I’ll be okay. Just as long as I keep looking.

What are you looking for? If you found it, what would it mean in your life?


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