by Tammy Phillips
May 12, 2021
Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6 NKJV)
Have you ever visited a place and you did not want to leave? I confess. If Kris and I did not have children, we would probably still be on Bora Bora somewhere chasing chickens off the road and selling coconut drinks to tourist. I cannot describe in words how beautiful the sea and sand were. The peace we felt was unimaginable. We just came back from beaches along 30A in Florida. I emphatically told a friend that I was not coming back. I was beach happy and did not want to leave.
Beach happy is a temporary state of mind. It is when we resort to the seaside and leave all cares behind. Time does not matter. Sorrows and worry easily flee. Family, friends, and foes slide to the back of the mind. The beach is my happy place.
However, the happiness provided by seeking out the sea is only temporary. In Matthew 6, Jesus asks why do we worry about clothes, food, or drink? He declares in verse 25, “Do not worry about your life.” What does He tell us to DO?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day [is] its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV)
Isaiah gives us the same advice, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6 NKJV) However, the Hebrew meaning of seek is a bit richer than that of the Greek word used in Matthew 6. The Greek word is zēteō and it means to look to find, to inquire and require. The Hebrew word for seek is daras. The idea intended is also to seek with care, enquire, require, but also to resort to; go to a place; to tread or frequent a place; to beat a path to.
It is ok to go to a resort and get away for a while. However, the Lord wants to be our go to. He wants us to seek Him out. He wants to be our First Resort and not our last. He wants to be the place we frequent. He wants us to beat a path to Him.
As I have stated repeatedly, I love the beach. I am not too picky. I like any beach. My very favorite place is in the presence of the Lord each morning. He is my Resort. He is your Resort. He is where we can find…
Peace that passes understanding,
Healing when we are hurt
Rest when we are weary
Guidance when we do not know which way to go and
So much more.
Now, if I can hang out with the Lord at the beach, I cannot imagine heaven being any better, but I know it will be. One of my sisters and I joke about having our places in heaven, beside each other on the sea of glass, like crystal. I cannot wait to see what John tried to describe in Revelations 4:6.
I enCOURAGE you to resort to the Lord. I guarantee that you will find what you are looking for because He is everything. He is patient, kind, full of mercy and long suffering. Call on Him. He will answer. Don’t wait too long. He gives us chance after chance to come to Him. However, one day we will either die or He will come back and then there are no more second chances. Resort to Him. It will be the best trip of your life. Most of us cannot frequent the sea every day, but we can come to the Lord, the Living Water and experience all that He is. Resort to the Lord.