Thursday, January 30, 2014

HE SEEKS THE SEEKERS

We are all seekers.  However, we are not all seeking the same thing which I guess is good, but maybe it is not.  Maybe we should all be seeking the same thing.  Maybe we should all be seeking truth and justice, but then how would we ever agree on what they were?

Some of us are looking for wealth.  A small number of us have found it and the greater numbers are chasing it like the greyhounds chase the fake rabbit at the track. 

Others are looking for fame or family. 

Fame can come and go in a millisecond or can last a lifetime.  It can also not come until someone has been dead for years.  Fame can fool you.  It never turns out to be as good as one imagined it would be.

Family can break your heart or make it soar.  It can be a haven or people you want to hide from.  Some people think you owe family loyalty no matter the circumstances and others will tell you that you have the right to get a divorce from family.

Some are seeking to become a part of a community.  Seeking a place to belong and feel safe. This search seems to never cease. In order to find community many people follow the advice attributed to Sam Rayburn the man who served as Speaker of the US House of Representatives for seventeen years the longest anyone has ever served.  He is quoted as saying “If you want to get along, go along.”

Seekers turn to every kind of religion, spirituality, diet, training program and special interest group to find their home.  They are looking to fill a void that humankind has sought to fill for as long as we have any knowledge of their activities.

Anthropology has much to say about the religious beliefs and practices of humankind besides the ones found in the Old Testament and New Testament that make up our modern day Bible.  Some are similar to what is found in the Testaments and some are concepts that would be rejected outright by most believers of the Testaments.

What is interesting to me is that no matter the path they all have one thing in common.  They are trying to form some sort of relationship with the god or gods or in some way reach a dimension they can’t reach with their conscious minds.  Peoples all down through the ages have yearned to fill the void that seems to be in all of us.  We have a place deep within our inner being crying out to something or someone bigger than ourselves who can comfort us.

I don’t know if you know the answer to the void in your soul is the Son standing right beside you this very moment.
This is His plea to you.
27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:27-29 ESV)

© Ed Cooper, January 30, 2014
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