From January 17, 2013 an archive titled, “You Can’t Google That”… revamped with new content.
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV)
In college I was a Psychology major so I spent a good amount of time in the basement of the college library searching through microfiche and databases researching information for papers. I loved it. Those skills of skimming, gathering, searching, and collecting have stuck with me into my adulthood. I love to research a topic. I love to search databases for information whether that be job opportunities, vacation planning, places to live, homeschooling curriculum or more “spiritual” topics.
If you want to know about something I can help you find it.
If you are not sure how to do something – they probably have a YouTube video for that.
Being able to research just about anything also has a downside: you can find yourself searching for meaning in all the wrong places.
- You start looking for fulfillment in other people – someone to make you whole.
- You begin to think that if you could just buy that house or have a bigger bank account everything would be better.
- You begin to wonder if you had a different spouse – more or less kids
- Maybe that fancy new car – would garner other people’s approval of you.
- If you could have a post go viral or accumulate a platform for your online work.
- Perhaps if you landed that new job or that big account or the next promotion all the stars would align and you would finally ARRIVE.
So you search for that arrival everywhere.
Maybe this is why we are so obsessed with things like Pinterest?
This happened to me. I did not want a new life or a new mate – but I desperately wanted direction on where we were headed next.
I felt stuck in a tiny townhouse living a tiny life.
When I found myself searching for directions forward more through online resources then through face-down prayer this verse came to mind:
“I will tell you great and UNSEARCHABLE things you do not know.”
It became very clear that the purpose God has for our marriage and family, the future He is calling us towards is NOT something I can research.
The directions God has to give? “You can’t Google that.”
Perhaps you are like this too?
Maybe you have favorite websites you search looking for ways to make life easier?
The newest thing that will hit the sweet spot for your marriage or family?
The latest guide to healthy, whole (Biblical) Living?
Maybe you have tried Bible study after Bible study or the newest top Christian book after New York Times bestselling self-help book, or that amazing podcast by that speaker you revere and each one has filled you up for the moment, you have learned a lot, BUT next month you are on to the next popular book or Bible reading plan that everyone else is raving about?
It’s like skipping from diet plan to diet plan trying to lose weight OR trying to find that magic, easy way to make money.
- Nothing fills to full.
- Nothing makes it abundantly clear.
- You are always searching for the newest.
- You are looking for answers in all the usual and even unusual places.
Maybe you have a favorite author who speaks to your heart at every turn, you have tried everything they recommended for finding purpose or passion, BUT nothing in your life is really changing.
- You have tried gratitude.
- You have switched churches.
- You have started a small group.
- You are more involved in your church.
- You have moved across the country.
- You bought a house.
- You started that new business.
- You rehabbed your kitchen.
- You have changed jobs…
- Or marriages.
- Or friends.
But you seem to be right back where you started: unfulfilled, desperately wandering, and wondering why that deep void of dissatisfaction still lives in your heart??
You start to think: There has to be something wrong with me. I must be missing the secret.
Can I tell you – you are not going to find it here, you are not going to find it there, that book is not going to help you, and those friends, more church involvement, or even finding a new life isn’t going to be able meet the need.
You can not Google a way into understanding why relationships have broken.
More information or stuff or success never saved anyone.
You can’t Google that ache away.
Google isn’t going to give you directions that clearly map out your future… the purposes that have been intended for your life.
There isn’t an APP for that.
There is this deep longing in the core of our beings that only Jesus can meet.
He is the secret power your story requires.
Roll your eyes at me all you want….
Only He can fill that thirst, feed that hunger – because He is living water and daily bread. He is the only sweet spot you will ever need. He is the only one that can tell you the plans he has for you…
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)
So I stop searching.
- I turn off the computer.
- I don’t answer the phone.
- I stop looking for other people’s approval, opinions, and ideas about my life.
- I start seeking my answers from the very Source of Life itself.
I get face-down on the living room floor in prayer. I beg forgiveness.
I search for God’s heart and ask Him to search mine.
I seek to know and be known by the Creator of the spinning galaxies.
He calms my spinning of webs and words and making of waves.
He holds me close and under His pinions. He delights in me. He sings over me. He is the ultimate Counselor.
And my searching, clicking, and seeking to find purpose, direction, vision, and more is Found IN HIM.
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