You may or may not be aware that corporate giant Amazon, headquartered in Seattle, WA, is looking to establish an additional headquarters somewhere in the US. Known as HQ2, this new site is expected to be fully equal to the Seattle location and should employ as many as 50,000 new workers. This will obviously be a huge boost to any local economy, likely in the billions of dollars. No wonder Amazon has received 238 proposals from various cities seeking to entice it to choose them.
Tuscon, AZ sent a 21 foot tall saguaro cactus to Amazon to attract attention. Stonecrest, GA has offered to rename a portion of the city to "Amazon" to show its dedication. A restaurant in Pittsburgh has offered a free sandwich to every Amazon employee should they locate there. Charlotte, NC had an Amazon themed holiday for the city. Even Birmingham go into the action ... the city placed several giant replicas of Amazon's Dash Buttons around town for people to press and send 600 pregenerated tweets to the company with each push. Wonder why Moody or Leeds never got into the mix?
Has there ever been something you wanted so bad that you were willing to do almost anything to get it? It could have been something really big or even somewhat insignificant to others but it absolutely captured your heart and you were committed to get it. Perhaps it was that new car ... a ranking in your graduating class ... that new pair of shoes ... the perfect house in the right neighborhood ... a certain piece of memorabilia ... a relationship with that particular person ... a new job ... grandma's old set of fine china ... recognition for your achievement ... etc. For all of us there was something that we were bound and determined to get and nothing was going to get in our way. We were so determined because whatever that thing was we saw it as absolutely and fundamentally important.
For some of us, this isn't something from our past but rather something we're going through right now. There is that one thing out there we desperately want and we will not be denied! How many of us would say this "one thing" is to know the Lord? Or would we be honest and admit that almost anything can, and often does, get in the way of us seeking Him? We have a myriad of excuses and they all seem legitimate ... too busy, kids aren't having fun, burnt out, nobody called me, don't want to be legalistic, don't feel it today, somebody at church upset me, don't like the music, might be sick, don't feel worthy, etc. We've all heard and likely even used some of these excuses at times.
Lord, please give me a heart commitment to want You, desire You, seek after You, not allow anything to get in my way to know You, fight tooth and nail to behold You, persevere in the battle of following You, to gaze upon Your beauty; give me the faith to put aside my excuses and seek you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength; grant me the grace to die to self and live to Christ.
I'm reminded of this C.S. Lewis quote:
"It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Psalm 27:4 - "One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple."
Pray for me to have this kind of desire ... I'm praying the same for you!