Naturally, the older kids always had a big advantage, so my fatherly inclination to help the younger would kick in. After all, no parent wants to see his kid wind up sad and empty-handed. But I wasn't about to just hand them the candy. They had to seek. As long as they were really trying, I would make sure they were rewarded in the end.
The Bible has a lot to say to me about 'seeking'. It tells me over and over that I am to seek Him— His face, His ways, wisdom, counsel, peace, His kingdom, righteousness, "the treasures that are above", etc. I am to do this earnestly (Hebrews 11:6) and with all my heart (Jeremiah 29:13). In others words, my Father doesn't just want to hand me everything; He knows that I will benefit more by getting into the game. His goal for me isn't merely that I get easy stuff. He wants me to be a seeker and a finder.
In the six decades that I have been getting to know God, I've learned a few things about 'seeking and finding.' I've discovered a few of His choice hiding spots — places where it hadn't crossed my mind to look before. Nowadays I try to look more carefully with my eyes wide open, because it is in obscure hiding spots like these that I have discovered some real gems...
What special treasures from God have you found in odd places? I would love to hear about them!
I'm Gary Bower...
...a father of twelve kids, seven of them married with kids. That leaves five still at home. My business partner and best friend, Jan Bower, is an amazing artist who also happens to be my wife of 40 years. For most of those years we made children together; now we just make children's books. Last I counted we have twenty-five books, and one in the works. Coincidentally, we also have twenty-five grandkids in the cookie jar and one in the oven..