Acts 17:27-28 – So that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him — though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. (NRSV)
From the journal of a "seeker and searcher" in my congregation:
"Ken also said that maybe God is searching for me more than I am searching for God.
"I needed to be reminded of that! God knows where this will lead. I do not. God knows what he wants. I do not. God has called me. I have whimpered. God has opened my heart to receive. I am 'slowly' receiving. God gave me a restless spirit so that I may rest in Him. God gave me courage, strength and faith to come this far. How can I possibly shut him out…?"
Hers is indeed the road of the seeker and her search reminds me of a timeless truth expressed in that famous book, The Road Less Travelled:
- We do not come to grace; grace comes to us. Try as we might to obtain grace, it may yet elude us. We may seek it not, yet it will find us. Consciously we may avidly desire the spiritual life but then discover all manner of stumbling blocks in our way. Or we may have seemingly little taste for the spiritual life and yet find ourselves vigorously called to it in spite of ourselves. While on the one level we do choose whether or not to heed the call of grace, on another it seems clear that God is the one who does the choosing.
Prayer: Searcher of the soul and Seeker of all, we are drawn to You, to your grace and goodness, to your love and life, to your Son our Saviour, to the hope and, indeed, the expectation of meeting you in the midst of life. We seek life in all its fullness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.