Did you find it?
By Kathleen Fye
What do you mean? Did I find it? What? Oh! I don't know whatever you were looking for over the holidays.
Was it something special that would fit in a package under the tree? Could it have been hidden in a Christmas ornament?
There are so many places to hide those gifts; under Santa's hat; under your plate; out in the driveway; over at Grammies; under your pillow or even in a piece of fruit?
In 1946, my returning Air Force Sargent hid my diamond on the top of a chocolate Easter egg.
Were you looking for hope and happiness with family and friends? Did you allow yourself to be depressed because a loved one died during the Christmas season as my husband did two years ago?
This New Year is a time to look to the future by looking up and forward. We seem to always be looking to the right, to the left and in today's culture; we seem to need to look over our shoulder a lot.
Peter was looking for fish. He found Jesus. The woman at the well was looking for water. She found living water in Jesus.
Zacchaeus climbed a tree looking for a change in his life. Jesus called as he walked by, "Come down this day. I'm going to your house." Zacchaeus found grace.
The prodigal son went to a far country looking and looking. He went from riches to a pig pen. He found the gift of forgiveness in the arms of his father.
In desperation, four friends lowered their friend through a hole in the roof to the presence of Jesus. Here he found love and healing. Sometimes we get a gift greater than we wanted.
What are you looking for? You may be surprised where you find the answer to your needs (not wants). You may need directions in your search for that special gift.
These directions are called the scripture. The scripture not only lead you to the gift but also supplies the direction on accepting and using the gifts of love and grace.
In Psalms (New King James Version), "The heavens declare the glory of God." Paul gave us another direction in Romans 1:19-20 (MSG), "The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is. By taking a long thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being."
The magi may have followed the star to get to their destination but it took the scripture to lead them to Jesus.
Just for a moment picture a beautiful bowl of fruit on the table. We see lovely colors of red, yellow, green and orange.
You can only be nourished if you partake of that gift from someone who loved you. So we see in Galatians 5:22 (NEV), "The harvest of the Spirit is joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness and self-control."
As the angels gave praise on that night 2019 year ago, may we praise him for these gifts, worship as the magi and give away to others the great gift God gives to all, love.
In 2020, you need search no more. Stop looking. It's all there in the scripture. Open the word and you'll find the man known as the word, King of the Jews, savior of all. Amen.