There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
I wonder if the converse isn’t also true? There’s nothing like not looking if we don’t want to find something. When we don’t want to see our reflection, we quit looking into each others eyes. When we don’t want to feel pain, we quit touching.
When we doubt God’s unconditional love and grace and good will toward us, we act a bit like the child who, in a fit, sticks his fingers in his ears, closes his eyes and starts loudly humming. Refusing to look and refusing to listen, we hope God will give up and leave the playground.
To watch us work so very hard at not looking, you’d think we have a Father who is some kind of malevolent deity, withholding His love and hiding His heart from His children.
His promise is simple and straightforward. You’ll know the truth and the truth will set you free. All I need to look for is my truth, not yours. My truth is in plain sight for me. It’s a promise.
You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.