Ask, Seek, Knock
7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.Matthew 7:7-8 NASB
As a way to get outside the madness of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve taken this relatively unique time to illustrate the never-ending grace and love of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Since the beginning of my Christian walk, I’ve joyfully discovered that regardless of how it may seem or appear, everything that occurs anywhere and at any time was set in place the very day God said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3).
Don’t get me wrong, I know that life on this tiny blue and green dot in the universe often feels like we’re wandering about in a maze, blindfolded, searching for a way out. Indeed, the Bible doesn’t hide the fact that throughout our journeys, we’ll each face a myriad of complex junctions, depressing dead-ends, downward spirals, backtracks and fearsome enemies to defeat. Sounds pretty dim, doesn’t it?
The good news is that we have at our service a specialist cartographer who’s painstakingly mapped the most suitable path for us to take to reach the correct exit. God’s Word is the only map you’ll ever want or need.
Unfortunately, many contestants prefer to take foolish risks despite this incredible gift. They follow the cunning deceptions of swindlers and tricksters. Others enter the maze with joy and eagerness but get distracted when they encounter obstacles along the way. Despite sound advice, I’ve also witnessed some who prefer to close their eyes and just hope for the best, many of whom remain lost forever.
If you have a wander through my Maze of Miracles & Madness, you’ll discover that despite knowing that “I am saved by grace” and that I’m “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ephesians 2:8; Psalms 139:14), I’ve made my share of missteps and foolish choices along the way.
If you’ve found yourself here by accident, don’t worry, I understand. Rest assured, there are many paths I’ve pursued without due diligence and then happened upon an unexpected lesson or opportunity. As you read through the Bible, you’ll quickly discover that God doesn’t operate under the strict margins we often assign or the outcomes we expect from Him, others or ourselves. He’s much, much bigger than that.
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.1 John 4:16
You probably won’t meet many people who can honestly say that they’re happy they escaped death by a whisker in a motor vehicle accident or that their resultant disabilities, cognitive deficiencies and psychological trauma as a “blessing in disguise“.
The truth is, being given a second chance to get to know our intangible Triune God more intimately is not only the greatest blessing and gift; it’s the point and purpose of life.
Okay, I don’t want to hold you up at the entrance any longer. Thanks again for stopping by (even by accident). Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any personal stories you’d like to share or any inspired, thought-provoking, encouraging, or tricky topics for me to investigate.
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This beautiful quote at last caught my attention…. really true