Last night we finished up our evening with a little firefly chasing. My middle child, Kayla, became easily frustrated because she just couldn’t catch one. This made me think about all the things I was chasing. Things I was chasing and just couldn’t catch. A cleaner house. A bigger income. A dream job. A dream house. A big savings account. A better education. A more fashionable wardrobe. Being a better mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter, employee, etc. Even having a popular blog.
The American Heritage Dictionary states the definition of chase is to 1. Follow rapidly in order to catch and 3. To put to flight.
To put to flight. That hits home. By chasing what I want, am I ultimately putting those things to flight and even further away from me?
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
So I thought there must be a better way to get what I want, right? There are a few pretty well know Bible verses that helped me here:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and the one who knocks it will be opened.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.
This is not stating that I will get all those things I chase after, but to seek His righteousness and his kingdom. I will receive those.
So I went back to the dictionary for the definition of seek. It states 2. To try to obtain or reach and 3. To try; endeavor. So to be accurate I looked up endeavor. Endeavor is a concerted effort toward an end; earnest attempt. Earnest is showing deep sincerity or seriousness. And finally concerted is planned or accomplished together.
To seek is to plan with God and together it will be accomplished.
And then I went back to Matthew.
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?