If you don't seek, you may never experience something more!
Hello Sweet Friends,
I have been held hostage to my home this weekend by an ailing body. Why do we go until we can't go anymore, even when we understand the necessity for REST? I am yet to understand how I get to a place where my body has to step in and say, "No more!" I know better:)
With a "to do" list just short of a mile long, I am thankful that I was forced to push it aside and REST! When I finally awoke, I began to finish a Mother/Daughter devotion I am writing for our new site Raising the Daughter of the King. Rested, I could now think clearly. I love it when revelation falls fresh. In this little devotion, my intention is to tuck our girls in with His truth each night. With young pure hearts, their soil is easily seeded. This is why it is so important that we use our words wisely when speaking into these little lives. It is also vital that our seeds are the ones taking root not those of the world.
I had come to the truth that we are a TREASURE, and I was drawn to the parable of the treasure in the field in Matthew 13. The other truths seem to come easy, but this one caused me to search for words to explain to a young girl the meaning in this very short parable. As I a simplifying the words for her little mind, it starts sinking deeper in mind. I am in awe of how profound this one verse of scripture is nudging at my soul.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." Matthew 13:44
A treasure is something precious and of great value, something that births desire in our hearts to possess it. We should desire it, not run from it. The Kingdom of Heaven is also hidden. Hmmmm....so not everyone will find it. The commentation in my Bible said the man stumbled upon it, but that didn't sit with my Spirit well at all. When we are young and we play "hide and seek," we don't stumble on people but we seek them out. The words were speaking to me that those who seek it, will find it. This perfectly aligns to His words that stay close to my heart lately "Seek ye first the Kingdom", and "When you seek with your whole heart, I shall be found." (Matthew 6:33 & Jeremiah 9:13)
What I love is that when the man found the Kingdom, He sold everything to buy it. The joy that filled Him was worth everything else He owned. Wow!
So much of my life, I spent believing the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God were synonymous with Heaven. I set my heart and hope on a place far from here. I even accepted that it would be a struggle to get to that "glorious day" when we meet our King. However, the more I studied the Word, the more I realized my truth didn't align to His. Jesus told the disciples that when they heal people to say, "The Kingdom of God is near." Jesus taught them to pray "Thy Kingdom Come on earth as it is in Heaven!" He wasn't referring to distant Heaven, but a Kingdom that was near and could be partaken of in this life.
I remember the season of my life when I knew in my marrow the reality of Jesus. I didn't just know about Him, but I knew Him. I was aware of His presence. I felt His peace and I knew His joy that was like no other joy I had known. I gave up my life as I knew it, because I wanted the Kingdom living more than the things that separated me from it. I know too that there was a transformation moment when I became aware not only of the Kingdom around me, but the Kingdom within me. I, even a jar of clay, held this great treasure.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
I know for me that I lived so much of my life focused on a Father enthroned far from me, but I now know and taste the Kingdom that I prayed to come. I have felt the Spirit of God on others through their words or lyrics or touch. Kingdom living is my new reality, but it was not something I stumbled upon, but something I sought passionately as the greatest desire of my heart.
It was worth it! Will you become a seeker?
In His Wings,