Date: August 17, 2014
Preacher: Rev. Ryan T. Krauss
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
Description: Our lives are a journey meant for finding and being found by Jesus Christ. Many of us conceive of this journey as a one-sided endeavor. Just like I jump into my car and attempt to find a location to which I have never driven (usually bad news!), the spiritual journey toward God can be stressful, taxing, and discouraging when we believe our efforts our the only ones that matter.
The truth is that God is not a stationary target that we try to locate in a cosmic game of Marco Polo. Like the plot of Finding Nemo, the father Marlin–with the help of many sea creatures–searches for Nemo simultaneously as Nemo seeks to escape the dentist office. Likewise, in the scripture lesson of the morning, Bartimeaus is not left to his own devices to try and locate Jesus; Jesus calls him out and approaches him too. My friends, do not feel discouraged when God feels absent. God is finding you.