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Title: The Passionate Search for God   Send to a Friend
Date: 07/05/2011    

Welcome to another addition of Women of Wisdom's (W.O.W) e-letter! W.O.W's mission is to encourage you to live the divine purpose for your life! Expect to see a W.O.W. e-letter monthly and be sure to pass them on to your friends.

My great niece came to visit me this summer.  She is a small person who hasn''t started school yet and therefore gets to spend lots of time at home with her mom.  The result of course is that she suffers from separation anxiety any time her mom leaves her with someone unknown.  On this particular day, the unknown person was me.  If you''ve ever been around a child going through an anxiety attack, you know its not a pleasant experience for you but especially for the child.  My niece had no sooner left the house when her small bundle of joy begin to scream and cry "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!"  No matter what I did, she continued to cry, "Mommy!"  I showed her the fish in our aquarium.  "Mommy!"  I took her for a walk.  "Mommy!"  I took her to see the beautiful flowers.  "Mommy!"  I offered her a treat.  She shook her head vigorously and with tears streaming down her face she continued to cry "Mommy!"

I was running out of ideas but soon got one from her.  She took my hand and led me to every closed door in the house.  At each closed door she would look up at me with watery eyes and say "Mommy?"  I would then open the door to let her see that her mother wasn''t behind the door or in that particular room.  Round and round we went from room to room and from door to door.  I would open it and she would peer inside and a look of sadness would envelop her face.  This went on until she was sure she had looked everywhere.  Finally, I sat in a big comfy chair and cuddled her very close.  She continued to sob softly saying over and over in the smallest, tiniest voice "Mommy"....As she drifted off to sleep her very last word was "Mommy".

As I looked at the tiny treasure finally asleep in my arms, I realized what a powerful message she had just demonstrated.  She had searched for her mother with all her heart, with all her soul, and with all her mind.  She left no door unopened that she did not seek to find her mother.  She used every ounce of her strength in search of her mother.  And when all else failed she slept with her last thought being of her mother. 

I wonder what life would be like if we were all this determined to find and to know God?  What if we were consumed with a daily passion to know Him better? What if we were unwilling to accept any false substitutes?  What if we became so consumed with the desire to follow after Him that others couldn''t help but to join us in our search because they could see by our example and our passion that He must be someone of great value?  What if we lived a life so wrapped up in the desire to be in His presence that the last word uttered from our mouths before we drifted off to sleep was "God"?

These were the questions that flooded my mind as I watched sweet little Dylann sleep.  And then I remembered the commandment that Jesus said was the greatest of all: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30)  And He furthered encouraged us by saying, "For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone...if you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him! (Luke 11:10-11; 13)  And we have God''s assurance that His greatest desire is to be in relationship with us.  He says, "I love those who love me and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me." (Proverbs 8:17)

How great to know that God wants to be found by us!  No, He''s not hiding from us.  He is as close as a whispered prayer, "God, I want to know you.  I want to know the truth about who you really are."  A heart diligently seeking God will find Him. In fact Jesus said those that hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)

So how did the story end for little Dylann?  When she woke from her nap, her first words were "Mommy".  And guess who was there to receive her?  The mother she had been searching for!  It must have seemed like a dream to awaken and find her mommy there.  And it is the same for us too.  As the presence of God fills our lives, as we come to know Him - the nightmare of living separated from Him slowly diminishes and the dream of knowing Him becomes a reality.

"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." ~ Jesus (Matthew 18:3-4)

Be Blessed!


Mary Banks

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