Are you the thirsty fish swimming around the Ocean looking for a drink? You mean to say that you’re a fish…in the ocean…and you’re thirsty?
It is sad to say that we are all that thirsty fish aren’t we? Happiness is something that is within us, surrounds us and flows through us, yet we don’t tap into it. Why? We are too busy looking for it in the wrong way, that’s why.
Have you ever lost those stupid car keys? You search all around the house for them but to no avail. You sit down, exhausted. Suddenly, your gaze is drawn to just beneath the couch, and sure enough there they are. It wasn’t until you stopped looking that they suddenly appeared.
That is what finding happiness is like. In our anxiety to possess it, happiness slips through our fingers and into the abyss. It isn’t until we stop looking that light begins to flicker somewhere within, a spark because we are in a relaxed and care-free state. In this state the search is done without the anxiety.
I used to do bushcraft and would enjoy watching the first spark land on my kindling. How amazed I was to watch it mature into the great fire it became. The flint is the search, the spark the grace, and fire the happiness. Jesus tells us that if we genuinely seek Him, we will find Him.
Isn’t it strange, the Lord says in scripture that those who truly seek Him will find Him, but also those who didn’t search him out too.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.Matthew 7:7
I revealed Myself to those who did not ask for Me;Isaiah:65:1
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
You see, it’s not the search that is the problem, but the way in which we search. We are too busy looking for Happiness the wrong way.
If we search with a heart not open and ready for the truth, we will never find it. Yet, on occasion when the Lord sees us making the effort, it isn’t until we’ve given up that he decides to approach us and give it to us anyway such is his mercy.
How do we discover happiness? Through questioning who we are and why we are here. Questioning the purpose of our existence and the false lies we’ve been told by the world of what true happiness is.
By peeling off the skin of the malicious joy of the world that wraps itself around our souls like chains weighing us down, things become more transparent. There is a specific type of clarity in the soul we enjoy.
Get out your flint, make the spark and watch it grow into a great fire that will kindle the heart for an eternity. Be a genuine seeker, but don’t burn yourself out. Take a break every now and again, allowing the Lord to reveal Himself to you and reward you for the effort.