What if the whole of life is actually one big scavenger hunt? Imagine it! I’ve been amazed at all the searching and finding one must do in this life. When you think about it, our God IS a mysterious god? Let’s just consider the very language of the scriptures and see there the pattern that causes us to realize this is true? Let’s see…I will just start with the basics.
Seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. Search for wisdom as though she were hidden treasure. In Daniel, “and He who reveals mysteries will make known to you what will take place.” Yep. This is the whole of life-one big running hunt.
Before you get angry at the reality of it, before you decide it is not the kind of god you want, let me assure you though it is true, it is not intended to be a game, not in the sense that we would think of it. It is not some random act of meanness or cruelty that God, Creator decided to put into motion where he pushed play and sits reclined watching his little pieces run around desperately hunting and searching for truth, like a never-ending entertainment of comedy and tragedy. I know it can feel that way though. In a heart beat, one tragedy can lead a man or woman to really believe that is all life is and was ever meant to be.
But Nope. That is the wrong conclusion though it is a logical and easy one if you do not want the truth.
Instead, what I believe is that it is a search for gold that leads us to the best part of ourselves and our most joy filled future. I believe we get confused in ourselves, led away by the wrong characters, duped by Fool’s gold, and lost deep in the looking until it all feels so useless that we drop our heads and give up the search.
Life is a good hunt and it is a Good God who has given us the treasure to find. It is a scavenger hunt and X marks the spot is on every page of His holy scripture. It is a search that leads us deep down into the belly of a whale to sit there in our aloneness, discover our core need to be and feel loved and our lack of anything in our own hands or minds to remove the gut-wrenching awful we feel when we are there. It is a raw find but a necessary one. One that unlocks our very next day. But who dares sign up for that kind of hunt?
You may ask why? Why would a loving God, creator of the universe choose a daily word find, or make a crossword puzzle out of the whole of life.
Why would He create a universe full of trapdoors and magnetic pulls designed to lead me away from Him as easily as the honeycomb or the sweet aroma that led me to Him to begin with?
Why would He MAKE ME CHOOSE EVERYDAY to follow Him -alone?
I do not claim to have the answer to these questions for you. It is MY search. My buried treasures. But, I wholeheartedly have come to realize it is actually THE FIND that saves me each time I dare look for it. However-you CAN join me on your own search. It is a look beneath the surface, behind the door, under the bed, in every closet, and every hidden place. What will you find?
But I dare you to be brave enough to join me for the search of YOUR life. I invite you to give it a go. It will be hard. It will be awful. It will be lonely. It will require much of you and it will feel like it isn’t worth it many times. It will undo you as it reveals you and remakes you.
But it will save you.
To think that there are treasures buried deep within our own soul that we do not even know are there is undoing, no lie. However, it is the hunt of our lives that will save us from the dread, the fear, the longings, the soul-searching gnaw we feel everyday.
Pirate 101 reminds us that every day that we don’t look or search for the treasure is another lost day at sea. So I expect we ought to get at it! Oh, I cannot promise you an exact amount of booty when you unlock your own personal treasure boxes, but I can promise you a Find. There is one to be had everyday, I promise.
All we have to do is take one step each day, do the next right thing today. Come with me on this hunt and see what finds you at the Find.
This study is not like any other. To keep you on your toes, it is constructed like a scavenger hunt. It is on you to pick up the map every day and look for the clues and follow them, put the pieces together, construct the meaning, and live it out until the next day. I really have no idea even as I am writing this as to how this will come together or play out? I am just awakened in early morning, full of words to write down that have this message, praying in my spirit for understanding and wisdom and the next right thing. And this is what He gave me to do.
I am imagining it could be a hard trek through 40 days of wilderness, or a difficult swim to the Island of Patmus. Of what I know of Him, I anticipate it to be a rich story with meaning, truth, and strength to have the answer we need right in the moment that we need it and not ONE second before.
I am inviting you to dig deep, turn over furniture with me, look through every drawer, pay attention to details, watch the patterns, find the clues, observe the characters, recognize the enemies, and trust only in the map that will lead you to discover buried treasure which will be the best part of yourself and lead you to your future. It is buried beneath a pile of confusion, locked memories, entangled webs, and lost efforts. It is a scavenger hunt like none other ever before. It is the Price is Right meets Wheel of Fortune and every day, opening doors and solving word puzzles that have great truths to save your life. I dare you! I invite you! I implore you to take the risk and come see what finds you on The Find. It could very well be the find of your life!