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The Melody of Seeking God

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The Melody of Seeking God

About four years ago, I started playing the piano. I played as a kid at my parents’ will, so you know how that went – I never practiced. When I decided to play as an adult, I resolved to put in the time, an hour a day. Overall I’ve maintained that discipline. With that dedication, I thought I would be a lot further along than I am, but I didn’t realize how much was involved in music – there is so much to learn.

My experience with learning the piano has a curious similarity to my daily quiet time with God, (a time of drawing near to Him and seeking Him through His Word).  Sometimes when I sit down I play well. I feel connected to the music, engaged, and like I’m making progress. Other times I have the opposite experience. My fingers fumble, my touch is rough, and I can’t seem to play the piece I played well yesterday – frustrating. At times, it feels like I’m going backwards, and after all this time!

Regardless of how I played that day, I know every time I sit down I’m moving deeper into the world of music. I’m becoming more familiar with this amazing instrument.  I’m learning and growing. It just takes time, persistence and dedication. Over time, I can see this is true. I’m much further along than where I started. Over the years, the music that I create becomes more beautiful. It’s becoming a part of me. When a play a piece with my soul, it’s tremendous and I get to that point by sitting at the piano each day. I wait for the day when I’m so united to that instrument that it’s an extension of me.

Seeking God is very similar. Some days, you may not feel connected or engaged despite your efforts to draw near. You feel you are moving backwards in your spiritual development and understanding.  As you draw near to God, you have more questions as you realize there is much to learn. Other days, you feel incredibly close and connected, you are learning and growing and it’s magnificent. Regardless of how you feel, each time you sit with God to seek His face and His truth you are drawing closer.

When you step back, and look over time you‘ll discover much has come out of this time with God.  Your thinking is different. Your trust, faith, truth and love have been refined and expanded. Your relationship with God has deepened. And as you persist, your connection with Him becomes more real, powerful and consuming. You become deeply connected to Him, Him in you and you in Him, which manifests a powerful union and an abundant life.

Like learning an instrument, developing a relationship with God is a journey. It takes time. It isn’t instant. But as you resolve to spend that time with Him each day, you will grow closer and closer. You will learn amazing truths that change you. You are nourishing a relationship that is above and beyond any relationship you will ever know.

Don’t let your emotions decide whether you will seek God or spend time with him. Resolve to get to know Him as He is, to learn from Him, and to listen to what He has to teach you. If I practiced the piano based on how I felt, I would be no where. Seeking God is the same. Seek Him to get to know Him. Dedicate time each day to getting to know Him as He is and nourishing your relationship with Him.

The Bible abounds with promises to those who seek and trust God (trust comes from knowing which comes from seeking). Psalm 5:11, 9:10, 17:7, 18:30, 31:19, 34:10, 34:22, 40:16, 69:32, 119:2 Seeking Him in truth and spirit is the path to those promises because it’s the path to deep fellowship with Him.

Like playing an instrument, it is never too late to start seeking God. Resolve to seek Him, to get to know Him, so that your love for Him may be sincere and true. Seek God and the music of your life will start to sound a beautiful melody that will astound you.

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Author: Rachel

My passion is cultivating a deep relationship with God and helping others to do the same. I LOVE sharing with others insights that God has taught me and hearing what God has taught them... thus my blog, Stirring the Deep. My focus is on a relationship, not a religion. Life is in the relationship. I believe in a balance and unity of body, mind and spirit. I feel it's important to nurture all three for they all affect each other. I try to live in the present, where the Holy Spirit is. And I try to do all with the motive of love. I've come to believe life is a journey and not a destination. It isn't about perfection, is it about growth.

14 thoughts on “The Melody of Seeking God

  1. Rachel, my wife is teaching herself the piano as well. It’s great to have so much worship music around. Keep up with your great posts. Glad to be connected with you.

  2. So beautiful…so TRUE…a great analogy of how it really is walking with Him and coming to KNOW HIM! So glad for all the “practice” I have had over the years due to a BLOW I had today in losing my “part time” job that supplements my SS check.

    Read my new post….IT IS WELL with MY SOUL and see what I mean!

    This is JUST LIFE! It has its surprises…twists, and turns…but GOD IS BESIDE US leading and guiding all the way! Disappointing as though the day was…I am actually excited to see…WHAT IS NEXT???

    Appreciate you, Rachel, and the “gift” God has given you! For you “feed” my heart and soul, Girl!

    Love you,
    Sandy

    • Hi Sandy – God is simply redirecting your paths – it’s exciting to see what He’ll do next. I look forward to reading your post!

  3. PS Are you on Twitter? If so…how is it listed? Would love to follow you! I am on there as Sandy Brunson.

  4. I read your post yesterday Rachel–excellent analogy.

    In the same light, I think reading and understanding the written notes compares to what you have said about reading and reflecting on God’s Word: that both would be a necessary element in growing a person’s talents.

    • Hi Slamdunk – great addition – when you start diving into this analogy there are so many parallels – it’s interesting to think on.

  5. Rachel,
    My youth team is very encouraged by your posts. Keep them coming. I am going to encourage them to become subscribers so they can use them as personal devotions.
    JE

    • Hi Je lillie – thank you so much for the encouragement. I often think if only I started REALLY seeking God when I was young – what a difference – though I’ve learned all happens in the time it is meant to.

  6. Rachel,

    You said:
    “Don’t let your emotions decide whether you will seek God or spend time with him.”

    Indeed.

    Good thing He doesn’t let His emotions or feelings get in the way of Him wanting to know us!

    Being known by Jesus is why I abide in Him. I know what destiny holds for those yahoos who play at relationship. Matthew 7:21 – 28

    I need Jesus to know me. If He doesn’t…oh my.

    Donald Borsch Jr.
    Bethel, CT

  7. Hi Rachel! I just wanted to tell you I liked what you said on Twitter. I don’t tweet much because it takes me too many characters to say what I want LOL! I’m not good at putting my original ideas to work. I mean what I post are my ideas but they are inspired by others. I have a strange way of posting. I will take a devotional from a book, type it, think about it while I type it, then I start posting my own take on their subject. and delete the “book devotional”. I then have my own thoughts and post on the original subject. Typing just helps me think. In a way that is journaling. I don’t have a very good attention span, so my thoughts jump from one thing to another. That is the reason I cannot just sit down and start typing. I’ve done that maybe 5 times in 3 years. in a couple or three years. Those were 2 spiritual articles and 2 TRavel Articles for Associated Content. Then a few posts when I first started blogging, until I got serious about my blogs theme. Oops! now you see why I don’t tweet too often? Sorry about that. I’ve typed a book. (Making up for not posting tonight I guess! LOL!

    God Bless,
    PJ

    • Hi PJ, Glad you stopped by. Twitter is a good writer’s challenge in being brief and concise 🙂 What is your blog url?

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