Remember the days of broken records? Long gone are the days of record players. I can barely remember them, now that we’ve moved on from records to cassette players to CD’s and who knows what else. I’m having trouble keeping up with all the technology, but the days of broken records are not altogether over. I have a God who sometimes has to repeat Himself multiple times to get His point across – especially when it’s one that’s incredibly important.
Such was the case today when He told me THREE times in THREE different ways something He has been speaking to me over and again over the past years – and especially again more recently. Maybe technology has advanced beyond my ability to keep up, but God still uses the old-fashioned broken record to ensure I hear what He definitely doesn’t want me to miss.
When just about everybody at church today was standing up worshiping the Lord with loud praise and hands raised, I sat my rear end down in the pew and opened up my God’s Notebook. I don’t know why exactly. I have plenty of other opportunities to open God’s Notebook and listen for the Lord to speak to me, and yet I suppose I was too lazy – or too not into the music – to stay standing with everyone else. I have a tendency to march to my own drummer to begin with, so there I was going against the grain yet again.
The Lord started to speak into my heart, and I began to write. Among other things, He reminded me to SEEK HIM. In fact, He referred to seeking Him three separate times.
When I finished writing what I heard Him speak to me, I moved my focus back to the service. Though I often miss the preaching and teaching because I am part of a homeless and low-income outreach in a park down the street from the church, this time I was able to catch all the teaching.
Imagine to my surprise when the teaching focused on the Bible verse in Matthew 6 of the Bible that concentrates on SEEKING HIM. Yes, seeking God FIRST – and His way of doing things. The scripture speaks for itself. And just in case someone like me isn’t getting the point, God has a way of making absolutely certain I hear what He is telling me.
When I arrived at the park, I had my normal feeling of late at that outreach that I was not quite sure if I was supposed to be there. Did God really want me there? He’s been tugging on my heart recently to hear from Him, and I in fact have been seeking Him. Today, though I tried once or twice to jump into the swing of things at the outreach, I just didn’t have the heart to try to hard to immerse myself in what was going on. Something just didn’t feel right. So I stood on my own just watching, but most importantly listening to the Lord to see what HE might have to say to me about being there – and about the questions I have been asking Him about where I am supposed to be, what I am supposed to be doing, etc.
A brother in the Lord approached me to see if I was okay, telling me I had a funny look on my face that he couldn’t quite put his finger on. I shared a little with him, and he had a simple, straightforward answer. Imagine my surprise when he gave me his word of encouragement.
“Seek the Lord,” he told me. Surprise surprise.
It wasn’t until I was on my drive home from church and the outreach that I remembered what the Lord had spoken to me within the past few weeks when I had opened up my God’s Notebook one day to spend some time with Him.
“Seek me above everyone and everything,” He had told me.
My broken record God. Just in case I should miss the Lord’s urging that I needed to spend time with Him and to seek His face, He decided to play a broken record for me.
Seek me. Seek me. Seek me. Seek me. I got the point. But not only have I gotten the point, but this is exactly what I have done.
And, this afternoon, after taking care of Walk by Faith Ministry’s 18 dogs’ various needs (they like to keep me on my toes!), and after part two of my lunch, I settled happily into my beach chair in the back yard with a good book and my God’s Notebook. Though I didn’t expect for certain that I would hear from God while I enjoyed the beautiful sunshine, I felt led after some reading to open the notebook.
The Lord had not called me to seek Him just so I would have something to do. He had something to say, and lots at that. In a matter of a half hour or so, He poured into me the answers to the questions I have been asking. And, when I was through listening, and shut my God’s Notebook, I felt a satisfaction I have not felt in a while. I knew clearly in which direction I am headed, in which direction He has called me.
The Bible does not merely call us to seek the Lord. The Bible teaches us that we need to seek the Lord while He may be found. The Bible also tells us to seek Him FIRST. The Bible also teaches that when we seek Him, we will find Him.
I thank God that He delivered His message to me to seek Him in the form of a broken record. And I can only imagine that the leading in my heart to share this broken record message in today’s devotional is probably because someone else needs to hear the same broken record message.
Seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord.
While He may be found.
Holy God, righteous God, faithful God, loyal God, Creator of the universe, my first love, THANK YOU for reminding me to seek you. And thank you for leading me to encourage others to SEEK YOU. Thank you for being a broken record sometimes in my life to get your point across, and to get your love across! Please help me, and remind me, and keep encouraging me, and leading me, to seek your face. Thank you for being found when I seek you. Yes, thank you that when I seek you, I find you. Please help me to get, and to stay, focused on you. And when my attention falls away, please lead me back to you – to seek you, to find you, and to fall ever more in love with you. Amen.
Mat_6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Isa_55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”
Luk_11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”