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Serendipity!

Have you ever found something when you were looking for something else? I love it when that happens. When that happens, the term to describe it is: Serendipity. It comes from an old tale of ancient Ceylon by Horace Walpole entitled: The Three Princes of Serendipity.

The whole story is about how the three princes continually find something tin the process of looking for something else.

The other day I found a special drill bit that I had been trying to find for years. I was rummaging around trying to find something else, and I found this drill bit. “So, we killed the fatted calf and there was much rejoicing for that which was lost is now found!”

Well not really, but it was great to find it!

Do you realize how many people are “out there” looking for something and yet do not know what it is for which they are looking? We as Christians have found a “pearl of great price” (Matthew 13:46) or a field with a treasure (Matthew 13:44,) and the rest of the world not only does not know where to dig; they would not recognize the treasure if they found it. Can you imagine someone holding the Kingdom in the palm of their hand and not even knowing it?

Serendipity Oyster with Pearl

This is basically what happened with Judas. He perhaps thought he was doing the right thing, but he sold out for money. Satan loves confusion. By raising enough distractions along the way, Satan hopes to trick us into making the wrong decisions.

It is easy for one to be distracted; especially when the alternatives look so good. Frankly, the alternatives usually do look better in the short run. Since it is frequently difficult for us to worry about the long run, Satan hopes to catch us before we know what happened. Because Satan is so tricky; unless a person is raised in God’s word, sometimes it is difficult to know God’s way from Satan’s way.

The only solution is simple. Start the trip to find God, and He will find you. Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. In the process of looking for God through John the Baptist, Andrew met Jesus. He ran and got his brother, Simon, and said, “We have found the Messiah!”

That was kind of a serendipity-type experience. How often has it been that in the process of doing one thing for the Lord, you discovered something else? That is the way it is in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said it this way, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

Shalom,

Gary

 

 

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