“You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Have you ever been stuck in a well? Young Jessica McClure was stuck in a well twenty-two feet deep in her aunt’s back yard in Midland. The world witnessed her complicated fifty-eight hour rescue. Then a collective sigh of relief came as everyone returned to their respective jobs, along with a feeling of warmth and well being inside them
When a person is emotionally stuck in a well, they are oblivious to their surroundings. They only see what is in front of them – their selfish situation, their hopelessness. One evening when I was in high school, my mother entered my room and sat at the edge of my bed. She let me know I was stuck in a well. She said, you aren’t seeing what your father and I are seeing is happening between you and this young man. He is not treating you right. You need to ponder this before you get too far into this relationship. I had never heard of being in a well before. But I was. I’m glad I heeded the concerned heart of my mother and left that relationship.
The apostle Paul was in a well. He staunchly believed that persecuting the Jews who had turned to Christ was just and noble. They were the enemy. He was doing what he could to get rid of these people who believed that Jesus had risen from the dead. Nobody had ever done that, he told King Agrippa. But one day the Lord Jesus confronted Paul head on and told him He was the Way, the Truth and the Life and to stop hindering the spread of the Gospel. Get out of the well, Jesus basically told Paul. See what I am doing.
“I (Jesus) am sending you out to the Jews and to the Gentiles to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.” Acts 26:18
A dear friend’s daughter, Amy, is currently in a well. All Amy sees is what she wants to see in her own selfishness. Her family sees Amy there in her trapped circumstances. They long for her to look up. Look up at the One who wants to pull her out. He wants to show her Himself.
If you think you have fallen into a well of despair or heartache, please take the time to look up at the Savior who loves you. If you seek for God, he will let you find Him; if you search for Him with all your heart, He will be found by you. Take a good hard look and ask yourself, is what I’m doing helping anyone else? Am I being a help or a hurt? Am I looking at the needs of others or only my own? Is my world only about me? Why am I so lonely and empty? If you can see yourself in a hard place, seek Him. Proverbs 18:7; Psalm 119:2
“If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1