Dear Campbell United Methodist Church,
I was looking at the garage shelves this past week, deeply contemplating the mystery of where the duct tape could possibly have gone. Gazing into the clutter, I was confronted with a startling truth: I knew where the duct tape was, but I couldn’t find it. It almost blew my mind.
I knew where it was, but I couldn’t find it. Whoa! The more I thought about that, the deeper I got into my meditation upon the garage shelves, and the colder I became. I then realized that standing in the garage in a t-shirt during the winter with the door open isn’t a great idea. So I went in to put on a sweatshirt.
Thus fortified against the cold, I set forth back into the garage. Remember, I had to find the duct tape, which I knew where it was but couldn’t find. Thing is, I knew it was on the garage shelves. I knew this with absolute certainty; I distinctly remembered putting it back there last time I had used it. But the shelves themselves were in such a state of disarray, I could not find it.
I knew what had to be done. I equipped myself with four Rubbermaid™ storage bins that Erin had recently purchased from the store, and I started to organize the clutter. Tools in one bin; painting stuff in one; hardware in another; miscellaneous junk in another. Not even a third of the way through the job – Voila! – the duct tape emerged from the mess.
(btw, in case you wonder, yes, I went ahead and finished the organization job, even though I had found the duct tape.)
And so we come to the story of Jesus in the wilderness (Mark 1:12-13), facing the temptations of this world, and clarifying his life priorities. The story ends in no uncertain terms, when Jesus decides that God’s purposes in his life will be his motivation, and not the rewards the world has to offer.
Maybe sometimes God’s purpose for our lives is right there, but we just can’t find it amidst the clutter. Have you ever felt that way? That you know God is there, but you can’t seem to find God? Maybe the key is clearing away some of the clutter and “boxing it up” so that we’ll be better able to find Christ in our midst.
This Sunday in worship, we’ll talk together about Looking for Purpose as we continue our worship series Keep Seeking. I’ll see you in church!
Grace and peace,