"You will call on me and come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
On occasion, I find myself having to state the obvious to my kids. For instance, the other day, one of my kids was looking for their shoes. Now, my kids' shoes are rarely put away. And for some strange reason, they never seem to be where they took them off last. So, when we are in a hurry to go somewhere, it's always quite frustrating when a child can't find their shoes. They "look" but can't find them. They search "everywhere" but still can't locate the missing shoes. Usually by the time a parent has to start looking, I find myself having to state the obvious: you have to actually use your eyes and look down on the floor for your shoes. Most of the time, the shoes were so close to them, the child just couldn't see them.
It's frustrating and inconvenient when we misplace something important to us. We have to retrace our steps, searching for the missing item in obvious places, then it always seems to be in some place we never expected. Here's something I've learned: you can never find it if you never start looking.
Sometimes we may feel like we've lost our faith, or that somehow God is no longer close to us. We feel powerless, untethered from our anchor. We get scared that we'll never be close to God again. But Jeremiah reminds us that all you have to do is call out to your Father. God is never far away. He's right here with you right now. When you seek Him with all your heart, you discover that he was there all along.