A Matter of Looking

He had the reputation of being the best four leaf clover hunter in the neighborhood. It was incredible the way he could find those things! One day we were walking in the park. Suddenly he stopped, stooped down and picked a four leaf clover. “Gee, I can never find those things” said an amazed friend walking along with us. “How in the world do you find them so easily?”

“Simple,” he replied, “I look for them.”

CONSIDER how for most of us, it is always the other guy who finds the four leaf clover. It is always someone else who has all of life’s good fortune. We find ourselves looking at them with envy and wishing we could have whatever it is that they have, or know whatever they know that enables them to be so fortunate. They must possess some mysterious secret, we conclude, and that is the reason that they are so fortunate and we are not.

While that reasoning may bring comfort to our egos, it is nothing more than an attempt to cover up the real reason why the blessings in life seem to pass us by. We don’t look for them! Those who seem to find God’s blessings in this old world of ours are simply the ones who look for them. There are no mysterious secrets. It is just a matter of looking. And those who have learned this go through life ever so quietly, looking for and receiving the many blessings God has so graciously bestowed upon his children. They are sometimes large blessings, but most of the time they are as small and demand as much looking for as a four leaf clover.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

Wendell Mettey
Revised 3/2013

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