Our granddaughter, Ava, and I were looking at a word search puzzle this morning that she got in her birthday bag from us. She and her sister Harlee are with us this week and Ava will be turning 8 next week. The word puzzle is one that has letters all over the page, and you have to find the designated words that are given to you to find. They can be diagonal, up, down, or horizontally. Some of the words just jump off the page at you before you have a chance to try to hunt them down. Some other words take a detective to help you find them. I was showing Ava some of the tricks that I use to find the words easier as they are buried in the midst of a sea of letters. Those puzzles are always fun for me, whether they’re in a book, or in the electronic format on my iPad or computer. It takes time to develop the skill to find the letters to form the words your looking for, or else all you will see are the letters scrambled up. Can you find the words below?
In our house we have plaque that is on the ledge in our TV room. Others have come in and have stood there looking at it with their head tilting to the left and then the right, trying to understand what they see. There’s more to it than just blocks of wood every which way and that. It’s rather amusing to us because we’ve had it so long that there’s no question in our minds at all what we’re seeing when we look at it. Can you see it???
As we were driving on the highway this afternoon from the farmers market there were many trucks on the road. Ahead of us was a FedEx truck with the every day logo that we’re used to seeing.
We see this logo all the time on packages, on trucks, on commercials, it’s a familiar sign isn’t it? Ava said to me, ‘did you know that there is an arrow between the E and the x?” What?? Where?? I looked at the sign and couldn’t find it and said ‘are you sure?’. “Yes, it’s right there!” What??
It wasn’t until we were very close to the truck, almost right behind it, that I saw the big white arrow. As we passed the truck on the left, I could see it on the side. In fact, that’s ALL that I could see as I saw other FedEx trucks on our journey home.
It’s funny that in all of these examples, the answer is right in front of us but sometimes we can’t see them. Often, the words jump off of the page, the arrow was all that I could see. Have you seen what the plaque says? Do you give up?
Jeremiah 29:13 says ‘You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.’ My New Living translation says ‘You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest’. Just like the puzzle, the plaque, the arrow… if you focus and expect to see God where you’re looking, He will reveal himself to you, right where you are. In the midst of joyful times, He is dancing and celebrating with you. In the midst of sad times, His grace will find you where you are and comfort you, often through other people. In the midst of questioning, He will come to you with an answer. The important part is that you live expecting. Expecting what? The definition of expecting is to look forward to; regard as likely to happen; anticipate the occurrence or the coming of something.
If we have an attitude of expecting to find God in a situation, we will see him. If we seek Him, you will find me. Did you see the arrow in the FedEx sign? Are you able to see the words in the sea of letters in the puzzle? Were you able to decipher what is said in the plaque in our TV room? I’ll give you the answer to that one…. it’s JESUS.
What’s interesting about all of these examples is that once you find the word, the arrow, Jesus, that’s ALL you’ll be able to see.
Let’s go out into the world today expecting to see God in a situation, He will be there to meet you. Tell me how you’ve seen Him working in your life today?