Stumpy climbed off the forklift in the warehouse and stormed into his co-workers office, his face puffy and red with anger. He slammed his hat on Billy’s desk for emphasis.
“It’s gone! How could they steal it! Can you imagine anyone stealing from a secure government warehouse like this one!” he stopped for a breath. “I need the number of the F.B.I.!”
“Stumpy, what’s missing? Are you the first to know about this? How serious is this that the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs to know about it?”
“It’s downright low! Someone stole my lunch! A baloney sandwich, cheese chips, a Coke and a brownie. Now I don’t have anything to eat and no change for the snack machine! Let me have the number for the F.B.I!”
Billy turned to hide his face and his chuckling. Surely, the FBI with case files on international espionage, murder, treason, and terrorism doesn’t need to find Stumpy’s thief.
“Here, Stumpy. Lunch is on me today,” Billy offered as he handed over a bill.
“But justice must be done! I need some answers!” Stumpy continued to be convinced that in his search for a lunch-stealing criminal, he needed the expert services of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Jesus provides words of wisdom in those seeking God’s answers, his kingdom, his wisdom and his vision for us. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks find; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” [Matthew 7:7-8]
So seekers, don’t be discouraged with what may seem a tortuous path of mystery leading to God and his path. He reveals it a little at a time along the way, sometimes like one clue at a time. The idea is not to give up, but to continue to seek him, in his word, in prayer and communication, in your personal and group studies of the Bible, and listening to hear his directions in time alone with him.
You will find the answers. When it comes to persistence, finding what you seek, and solving mysteries, God does even better than the F.B.I.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com and her speaking engagements. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]