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When our daughter was three, everything was new and exciting. She’d come running in from the kitchen carrying a wire whisk or a corkscrew and announce, "Look what I found!"
She’d do the same at Grandma’s house, to which Grandma would reply, "What do you mean you found it? It wasn’t lost!"
My daughter used the sense of "found" like the meaning of discovery as—not finding something new —but finding something anew.
When I seek God, I use a different meaning of discover: to make known. To see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown). God reveals more of Himself to me the more I seek His face.
But Jesus does the seeking, using a third definition of discover. He located, attained, or obtained my soul by effort on His part. He stood at the door of my heart and knocked until I let Him in.
It reminds me of that line in John Newton’s hymn, Amazing Grace:
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see.
Just like Grandma said. At one time in my life I would have thought, "I’m not lost." But just because I didn’t know I was lost didn’t make it less true. I was lost but now am found. Jesus found me.
Jesus found me and I discovered that He was always there.
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you so much for not giving up on me. Thank you for finding me when I was lost and bringing me with you to your safe haven of love. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Which definition of discover most describes your faith?