It is my 1st day in Cebu City, Philippines.
I am loving just about every single point about it (nicely, okay… not the meals) and I am taking in all the sights.
My eyes scan just about every street corner and road.
The Jeepneys zoom in and out of website traffic carelessly, the youngsters play with each other in the plazas. Markets are busily buzzing like bees through their pollination season. Music billows into the streets from restaurants and vehicles. Filipino people today stand on the sidewalks they laugh and chat.
Almost everything is peaceful.
We are on our way to grab lunch at McDonald’s and most of us hadn’t eaten something because leaving the International Terminal at Hartsfield about two days ago. Needless to say, we had been all starving.
Upon arriving to the two story McDonald’s, the Filipino workers had laid out a spread of french fries and hamburgers across several tables.
We sat down to consume, thankful we had been sitting down to an American meal, and waited for the Quest Group to arrive exactly where they would greet us.
Side note: Thirteen years ago, Browns Bridge Church established a church in Cebu City, Philippines: Quest Fellowship. This occurred for a lot of factors, but I can say that this church has supplied the Filipino people today of Cebu with hope and joy beyond measure and through our trip, we partnered with Quest to serve the people today of Cebu City and Bantayan Island.
When the Quest Group arrived, absolutely everyone stood up to give hugs and introduce themselves. Absolutely everyone knew what was coming and I reside to inform you that it was all the things but standard. What the Quest Group had pulled with each other for us, I will never ever neglect.
For about fifteen years a tv show named “The Incredible Race” has aired. It is a scavenger hunt show exactly where folks tour unique nations in search for hidden objects and areas. Quest created their personal version of The Incredible Race for us, but Filipino style.
We ran about the city like a bunch of hooligans. With every single challenge they gave us, we received a card. The card detailed our challenge and gave us directions to go. The image in my post is an instance of the cards we received and the directions we had to adhere to cautiously. When we reached that location and completed the challenge at that location, we would move on to a new place and comprehensive a further challenge.
Our challenges had been some of the craziest points I ever performed in my life. Factors like: consuming sardine ice cream, squeezing onto a Jeepney complete of Filipinos, operating by way of markets searching for classic Filipino dresswear, and riding a horse drawn carriage by way of the most populated portion of the city. The points we searched for had been even superior and to make it all even extra insane: this was a race. So, of course we had been operating by way of the city, sweating below the sun, and hoping sincerely that we would win.
I will spare you the questioning and inform you that we didn’t win even so, what I identified that day was extra than just silly small products. What I identified was a truth and it is a truth that will stick with me for the rest of my life. The truth is this: what worth would a scavenger hunt be if you did not actively search for the points you had been tasked with to obtain?
I imply believe about this. If we walked about the city aimlessly, we would not obtain what we had been searching for, and our efforts would have been be fruitless.
With out locating the 1st location and finishing the 1st challenge, our group could not move on to the subsequent one particular.
We would have never ever identified Fuente Circle or ran our laps about the track of Abellena Sports Complicated.
So, I ask you: how can we anticipate to obtain what we are searching for if we are not actively awake and in search of for it every day? And additionally, how can you anticipate to move on in the path God has marked for you if you do not comprehensive the challenge you at present have at hand?
If you ask me, I do not believe that is feasible.
Lately, I have encountered rather a handful of people today that really feel as although God has abandoned them, served as the supply of their life discomfort, or lead them also far down the incorrect path. Some mates are angry at God for the reason that of college plans becoming unclear and some adults are angry for the reason that their desires are not apart of God’s program. These struggles are alerting their views on God and it breaks my heart. I can agree that from time to time in life, you can really feel this tension in your connection with God, specifically when you are stuck amongst seasons of your life or waiting for Him to give you path. It becomes simple to query Him through these occasions and ask, “why would you let this come about to me?” But the people today that have the most hard time seeing God for who He definitely is are these electing not to participate in the scavenger hunt.
They are not in search of every day and they are not actively searching.
And when you are not searching, how can you anticipate to obtain something?
Matthew says it completely.
Ask and it will be offered to you seek and you will obtain knock and the door will be opened to you. For absolutely everyone who asks receives the one particular who seeks finds and to the one particular who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
Seek and you will obtain.
Knock and the door will be opened.
Matthew is saying that you can not anticipate God to give you the desires of your heart with no asking for them by prayer or journaling or even possessing an open conversation with God. Matthew is saying that if you never seek God on a every day basis, you had been not going to have a steadfast and robust connection with Him. And Matthew was saying that if you sit about and you never knock on the doors that you want opened, they are never ever going to be open for you. We can not be stagnant.
This is crazy!
When God is not producing moves towards you, make moves towards Him. He does not have to be the one particular consistently moving.
Do not be stagnant in your faith just for the reason that you really feel as although He’s becoming stagnant in your life.
You guys, I really feel there is so considerably to be discovered from scavenger hunts.
Confident, they are games, and life is not. But as I stated, you cannot anticipate to obtain what you are searching for if you are not even browsing for it to commence with. These moments of browsing in the Race helped me to see this clearly.
So, hold these eyes of yours open.
Be loud and stand robust in what you think.
Do not let the lies and the deceit of the Enemy make you think that God has left you behind.
Do not be stagnant.
Move. Move straight towards God and seek.
Seek His face normally, for the reason that He promises that when you do you will win The Incredible Race that is life and obtain the joy you have been longing for.