Come and Find Me!

Today my 12-year old daughter has been playing hide and seek with our Australian Shepherd dog, Sophie. My job is to hold on to our pooch while Emily hides. When Emily calls out, Sophie rip-roars out of the room, frantically searching our house for her beloved friend. This canine is easy to fool, however. Hidden behind a door, Emily escapes notice until a giggle erupts. Jubliation fills the room when Emily is 'found', and the game begins again.

Often, however, a distraction appears (our cat...the doorbell...a strange sound...) and Sophie forgets all about searching. Emily will then call out "Come and find me!" again and again and suddenly our furry friend is back in the game. Joyful squeals and barking once again fill our home.

This reminds me that my relationship with the Lord requires seeking as well. God often seems to hide Himself so that I will pursue Him. He's not difficult to find, but I have to confess that distractions abound...a phone call, chores, errands, kids, grandkids. The list is endless. But thankfully so is His love.

Jeremiah 29:13 says "Then you will seek Me, inquire for and require Me (as a vital necessity) and find Me; when you search for Me with all your heart."

Since God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6), I must make every effort to keep the ears of my heart in tune ~ to hear that still, small voice crying out "Come and find Me!" Then it's up to me to rip-roar my way into my heavenly father's loving arms.

Lord, help me to hear you calling my name. I ask that the events and happenings of my day will not be able to distract me from hearing Your precious voice.Give me a heart that follows hard after You and clings closely to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.


B His Girl said...

Hi Julie,

Thanks for visiting today. I loved your post with Sophie. I guess it is turtle and dog day. I decided to add my Toto to my post today. His name is Bandit. I don't think he is as smart as your dog but he is cute! I am seeking a deeper relationship God also. The enemy knows if he can't lure me into sin, the next best thing is to distract me from my mission. I fall into that trap often. I pray we will both recognize when the distraction is from the enemy. Also, B the turtle, she acknowledges her unique look and gift. It takes awhile for most turtles to realize that is just how God made her. : )
B His Girl

Kelly said...

Julie - I loved this analogy. I have been quoting to myself lately "Draw nearer to God, he will draw nearer to you." I do believe we have to "find" God - but he continues to call out to us even through the distractions.

I just loved this posting.

Rebecca Ingram Powell said...

Hi Julie,

I found you on Kelly's blog and just wanted to say HI to another homeschool mom! I'm entering my thirteenth year as well, and I do not regret a moment of it!

Enjoyed your post today, too!

Buffi Young said...

Hey Julie...thanks for commenting on my blog. I decided I would come and visit yours!! :)

Your post today about Sophie is SO true!! I LOVE how the Lord shows us things through normal, everyday experiences. I need your blog...I'm going to mark it as a fav!! Thanks so much!

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