I absolutely love our June theme: In the Middle of Searching. It has resonated very deeply with my current life.
I love to learn new things, to explore new ideas, to consider a different perspective on an old thought. I’m a seeker, along with being a fixer. I think the two mesh so beautifully because in order to fix, one must understand the problem and be willing to learn new ways to handle old issues.
If you had asked me when I was 21 what I believed about God and my relationship with Him, I would have had very definitive good-church-girl answers that had been drilled into me during my years at Bible college. But now I find the more I search and try to understand Jesus, the more questions I have and the more I want to search for the why’s of it all.
As I’ve been studying in the book of Acts with my small group, I’ve been reminded that Jesus isn’t afraid of my questions and that He doesn’t discount me or write me off when I continue to struggle to understand how to balance my world view and His Word. If the very cornerstone of the church, Peter, could struggle again and again and still be so very loved and honored by Jesus, then I know not to ever doubt His love for me. Even when I continually search for a better life, for deeper understanding, for justice.
In a world that likes to shove absolutes and answers down our throats, that’s bombarding us with more knowledge than we could ever hope to process requiring only a few keystrokes and a passing thought, searching is often a default mode. Ultimately we’re all searching for the same thing, fueled by the same need to fill a void that was imprinted on mankind in the moment of the fall. All my life I’ve heard this referred to as a God-shaped hole. Have you ever heard that phrase? I wondered where it came from so I did a little digging and found this…
What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.
– Blaise Pascal, Pensées VII(425)
C.S. Lewis said this:
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.
If I asked you what you were searching for in life … what it would take for you to be “happy”, what might your answer be? Wealth, health, rest, adventure, hope, joy, peace? The list could go on and on and on. But look at each of those words in that list. They are promised to us (though we may not ever see the first hint of them until we are no longer on earth) through Jesus.
Won’t you join us for a month of Searching in the scriptures? You never know what you might find!
With the help of my friend Heather, I’ve put together several great resources for you to spend a few minutes each day writing verses from the Bible with our Daily Scripture Writing Plan. You can find our Long Daily Scripture Writing Plan (plan to spend 10-12 minutes writing with this one) by clicking on the button below. We’ve beefed it up just a little bit, with a passage to reflect on throughout the month, a memory verse (Who will learn it with me?!) and a few questions to ponder.
In our Member’s Resource Library we’ve got several other downloads for the June Daily Scripture Writing Plan, including a phone wallpaper for the short plan to help you see those references at a glance, a Short Daily Scripture Writing Plan Printable and, for the first time, we’re also offering a guide that includes thoughts designed to help you see how each passage ties to the theme and encourages you to think outside the box just a little bit. Simply signup using the form at the bottom of the page and in the future you’ll get the plans delivered directly to your inbox each month.
Have you ever tried writing out scripture on a daily basis? How did it change your faith and challenge you? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!