Search for Me
Jeremiah 29:11-13 "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart,..." (NRSV)
As I have gotten older, my prayer life has shifted. I have learned to pray while doing simple chores or while driving the car. Prayers range from needs of others to my own needs. "Watch over me and keep me safe." while driving, is one. Sometimes it is "Help!" Whatever it is, God has heard each one of them. Even simple prayers are powerful because God meets us where we are.
You can see this in the life of Susanna Wesley, who raised 19 children. Two of those children were John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, and Charles Wesley, a powerful evangelist and amazing hymn writer. Living in the 1600s, Susanna home schooled, cooked, and did everything in between. But Susanna was determined to include time with God in her busy schedule. The same God who met Susanna in her busy life will meet each of us wherever we are.
Even someone who has never experienced little kids running around the house daily knows what it is to live a hectic life. No matter how busy our schedules, God knows where we are and can meet us there through prayer. God cares about what concerns us and wants to hear about what's filling our minds and hearts -- right now. Each day, we can all resolve to set aside some time to connect with God through prayer.
Loving God, thank you for listening to our prayers. As we search for you, may we be enveloped by your amazing love. Amen.