But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
I don't think there's anything more delightful than watching a young child hunting for Easter eggs, especially when that child is our granddaughter, Virginia Rose. Last year, when she was 21-months-old, we initiate Virginia into this Easter tradition by "hiding" the brightly-colored, plastic eggs in our living room and dining room. With assistance from her mom and dad, she manages to locate all of them, putting each one carefully in her basket.
Virginia understands it's a game of sorts with the goal being to find the eggs, but she is not aware that her Gammie has placed a sweet treat inside each of them. She doesn't even attempt to pull them apart.
This Easter takes a completely different turn. We decide that an outdoor Easter egg hunt would be much more exciting and challenging for Virginia as she will be turning three in a matter of months. Oh, what fun my husband, Danny, and I have finding nesting places for the twelve eggs!
When Virginia arrives with her parents for the big event, she eagerly takes the basket I hand her. Her mom, Sarah, has shown her pictures of Easter eggs, so Virginia is somewhat prepared for what she is seeking once she comes outside.
Still, she doesn't see them right away. She still needs a little guidance. Needs to be pointed in the right direction.
Once Virginia puts her heart and soul into the task at hand, it's off to the races!
And, this time, when we bring her with her stash of eggs into the house, Virginia wastes no time in opening each one and lining up the candies on our table. She even tries to count them!
What a joy it is to see how far Virginia has come and how much she has grown in just one short year!
In learning to seek God, maybe we all feel, at first, like a young child embarking on a first Easter egg hunt. We are confused as to where to look or where to go. But, with the right guidance and encouragement, we begin to see God's presence, active and alive in the world around us.
And, when we seek the Lord diligently, through prayer and scripture, with all our heart and soul, Deuteronomy 4:29 assures us: We shall find Him!
Where are you finding God in your life today?
Will you pray with me?
May we always and earnestly seek You, Father, with all our hearts and souls. Reveal Yourself to us. Reveal Your will for our lives. Let us do Your will and walk in Your ways to the honor and glory of Your name. Amen.