The Heart of the Matter

Jeremiah 29:12-13 

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (NIV)

I never knew about sea glass, or even heard of it, until I met Sherry.  We were talking about the beach and how we both enjoyed long walks along the surf.  She told me about sea glass – pieces of broken glass that are polished and smoothed as they tumble in the waves and the sand.  Eventually they end up on the shore among the thousands of shells that are brought in with the surf.   Funny, I thought.  All the times I have been to the beach and all the walks I have taken, I have never seen a piece of sea glass.

My husband and I spent a week at Cape Hatteras this year.  On my last day of work before vacation, Sherry’s parting words were, “Have a great time and bring home some sea glass!”  When asked how she finds so much sea glass, Sherry’s answer was very simple.  “Ask God to show it to you.”

After we settled into the rental house, we made our way over the dune to the beach; David with his fishing gear and me with my chair and book.  (I don’t fish.)  I stopped at the foot of the dune, closed my eyes and prayed, “Okay, God, show me some sea glass!”  When I opened my eyes and began approaching the surf I saw the most beautiful, emerald green sparkle I have ever seen…on the beach. SEA GLASS!  Sherry was right – I asked God to show it to me and He did!  Why was I so surprised?

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (NIV)  Understand me, these verses do not mean God will grant us everything on our “wish list”.   What they are telling us is that if we seek God’s kingdom first (Matthew 6:33), then everything else will fall into place. Seek an intimate relationship with Jesus.  Pray, listen, study and seek to know His Word, intimately.  Our heart’s desire for God must be greater than our heart’s desire for what is on our wish list.  God knows our heart.  When we earnestly seek God’s will for our lives and strive to live our lives according to His Word, putting nothing before Him, then we are seeking Him with all our heart.

Look into your heart and there you will find God.  He is that close.  And the next time you go to the beach, ask Him to show you some sea glass.