Searching for Truth
Like me, you probably grew up hunting Easter eggs. It was such a joyous occasion for me and my siblings. We sought them out earnestly, looking high and low, in every nook and cranny for those tasty (and sometimes monetary) rewards.
Do you recall egg hunting as a child? Do you remember how fast your heart was pounding in your chest before the adults called out, "Go!" and you’d dart across the lawn for those hidden treasures? Tensions increased as you tried to collect more than your peers. Dare I say, finding these eggs was even more fun than opening Christmas presents!
Now it makes sense that we were searching for these eggs because we knew we would be able to find them. They were out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. Our searching was not in vain. Throughout history, people have been searching for the truth because we believed it existed. Everything seemed to point to order, purpose and an unchangeable objective truth even amidst the chaos. We believe in right and wrong. We know something cannot come from nothing. We believe in love. I believe God nudges us with these basic understandings to spark this search for truth.
In my case, I grew up knowing about God, but I did not really think of God as being active or personal. At the time, I was still extremely empty and alone. I believed I had no worth. I was nothing special. That my life was utterly meaningless. I was searching for comfort in things of this world to find a cure. A part of me knew that the things I was telling myself were lies. There was something inside of me inherently worthy and purposeful. I knew the gospel but once I heard that God wanted a relationship with me, it truly clicked. The emptiness in my heart which nothing else could satisfy found fulfillment at last.
God did not leave us to our own destruction. He knew we would need a savior. He first showed us how separated we were and took it upon Himself to bridge that insurmountable gap by dying on the cross for us.
We search for God when we search for truth. He has not hid Himself from us, although it can feel like it when we are blinded by sin or circumstances. However, when our eyes open, we have that childlike joy — indescribable, overwhelming, undeniable in response to God's love.
My heart strings are pulled each time I remember not only the grand design God planned before creation and executed for my reconciliation, but the great lengths He personally went through in stepping down from Heaven and onto the cross to have a relationship with Him. He was humiliated and naked, betrayed by the ones He loved. A holy and supreme being allowed Himself to experience death for us.
This Easter, let us meditate on what God has done for us. Trust me, the gospel gets sweeter and deeper when we allow our hearts to soak up His grace and mercy.
I pray that this blog can help others know God better. Sometimes I feel as though words escape me as I try to describe God. He is beyond explaining, but I hope to bring even a morsel of His brilliant light into our lives.
If you believe you are still searching, pray (just ask) for understanding. Matthew 7:7 states that we can “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
He is Risen!
"As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 'Don’t be alarmed,' he said. 'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.'" Mark 16:5-6
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Romans 6:8-11
"For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2
"If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
A special thanks to my blessing, love and best friend David S. James for helping me edit this post! We truly bring out the best in each other.