Seek True Joy
Have you ever played the game hide and seek? I'm sure you have, everyone has. The goal is for everyone to hide, and then the seeker to find them, one by one, until everyone has been found. Can you interrelate this to a life of faith? God sends us each out, created in His image and likeness, with free will, to choose, to live. We are sent out, and meant to seek God's promise for our lives. In the end, we are always one with God. God watches us, keeps us close, and helps us seek His Kingdom, always calling us home.
Today's Gospel states:'The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter)'(John 1:35-42).
In today's Gospel we hear how Jesus calls his disciples to follow him, to 'come'. Thinking about the game hide and seek, we are people who are constantly seeking more in life. We're unsatisfied, never finding what truly matters. However, in those moments of joy, we see glimpses of God. Take some time to ask God to help you seek Him, and the promises of joy for your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'sharing the joy' a prayer for seeking God:
Father God, I can get so preoccupied with my own urgencies and with seeking solutions and remedies from Your hand. My daily needs can sometimes overwhelm me. Help me to change my focus. Help me to seek Your face and to look to You for strength to walk where I need to walk. Help me to seek to know You better.
Give me a thankful heart for the blessings I have received from Your hand. Give me a heart filled with praise for what I see in Your face; Your trustworthiness, Your peace, Your joy, Your strength, Your grace and Your loving kindness.
Teach me to look to Your face first, to always seek You… before I simply seek things from You. Thank you for Your loving patience with me. I ask this in Jesus’ strong name, Amen.