Every year I go through it. March rolls around and I make my way to the local McDonald’s, in search of the elusive Shamrock Shake. Last year was a total bust. I’m not sure how many different McD’s I went to, but nobody had them! It’s a marketing trick, I tell you! They order just enough to get everyone excited about their new treat, and then when you get to the drive-thru, they tell you, “I’m sorry, we’ve sold out.” How can you sell out of a St. Patrick’s Day item by March 4? Can’t you just order more?
Thankfully, our God is not so elusive as the Shamrock Shake. In Matthew 7:7-8 it says, “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.”
Now don’t get me wrong. God is infinitely more important than something as trivial as a milkshake, but there is a parallel here. Year after year, I traipse to Mickey Dee’s for that sweet mint treat, and more often than not, I am left empty-handed. I ask, and it is not given to me. I seek, and I do not find. I don’t knock, for the drive-thru employee would likely get very annoyed.
The point is the world holds precious little that is a bona-fide guarantee. Even the things that we are fortunate enough to acquire here on Earth aren’t going to last for eternity. Not so with our God. If we seek Him, we will find Him. He guarantees it. No disappointments, no “I’m sorry, we’ve sold out,” no only-once-a-year chances.