And Jesus turned, and beheld them following, and said to them, ‘What do you seek?’ …” Jn. 1:38
I have this annoying little obsession: when I lose a handwritten list, I simply have to search until I find it. It drives me crazy wondering what I wrote and what I’ll forget if I can’t find my paper! I even pray that God will help me find it, and almost always, it shows up. What relief! Peace returns and life continues with some semblance of order.
Maybe that brief description of one of my idiosyncrasies makes you smile … or fills you with pity. Perhaps you can relate, or you wonder why a dumb little list could be that crucial. But it’s a small illustration of the fact that we all seek something.
Life seems to be going faster the older I get. Morning turns to night, days into months, and months into years – just like that. I used to feel my children would always be very young, and now my eldest is entering his senior year in high school. My long ago blonde locks have darkened and a few have changed to gray. My eyesight sometimes requires effort and I often ask people to repeat what they said. My nephews and nieces are getting married and having babies! As life rapidly speeds by …
What am I seeking?
Marriage. Motherhood. Ministry. Publishing. Opportunity. A voice that impacts others for Christ …
All wonderful ambitions – but not the meaning of life.
John’s disciples were looking for something too. When they heard Jesus referred to as the “Lamb of God”, they turned and followed Him. Jesus responded by asking, “What do you seek?” He didn’t need an answer, for He knew what was in their hearts: a longing for the Messiah. He invited them to come along, and as they spent the day with Him, He fulfilled their longing.
Jesus – the Messiah … Christ … the Anointed One – was everything they’d been seeking. All of life’s meaning was wrapped up in Him.
And still is today.
Friend, what are you seeking?
“One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to meditate in His temple.” – Psalm 27:4