Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 12th, 2021
Ask, and it will be given to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find. The door will be opened to the one who knocks.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NIrV)
Ask, Search, Knock
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, anyone seeking asylum in Canada during the pandemic needs to verify information with the appropriate government agency. Effective March 18, 2020, subject to limited exceptions, air carriers are required to deny boarding to any person who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, unless that person has resided in the U.S. for the past 14 days. If a person falls under one of the exceptions and arrives at a Canadian airport, procedures for making a refugee claim remain unchanged.
For our 25th wedding anniversary, I bought Wendy a new ring. She loved it and wore it often. Shortly after, we moved, and somewhere in the move, the ring fell off her finger and was lost. We searched high and low for that ring, looking through packing boxes over and over. We never found that ring. 20 years later, we still occasionally look through things, thinking that one of these days we will find it. If we spend that much energy looking for a ring, how much more should we spend our time and energy seeking the things of the Kingdom of God. Jesus speaks to this in Matthew 7:7-8: “Ask, and it will be given to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find. The door will be opened to the one who knocks.” The tense used here in the Greek for ask, search and knock is present imperative. It implies that the asking, seeking and knocking are continuous actions. Followers of Jesus are to consistently seek the things of the Kingdom of God until Jesus returns.
These have been words from the heart.