On September 8th, 2012, Larry Wright embarked on a hike in Sequoia National Park with his son and grandson. Being an avid hiker, Larry had already mastered the hike six times, but this time it was very different. As they were climbing Milestone Mountain to view a lake below, they ran across an old, rusty container. Inside the container, they found a note in perfect condition from 1972 that read, “Tim Taylor climbed to this peak, Thursday, August 17, 1972. Age 13 years. Anyone finding this note please write.” Tim even included his home address! I’m surprised he didn’t include a stamp.
As soon as Larry came down off the mountain, he began to search for Tim Taylor so he could write him a note as Tim requested. However, finding Tim Taylor has been much harder than climbing the mountain that housed his note. Tim no longer lives at the address (records show that he did at one time). Larry tried searching for him on Google, but that didn’t work either. Larry even wrote into the local newspaper, hoping that by publishing the story, it would gain publicity and produce Tim, but even that hasn’t developed the desired result.
This unusual event reminds me of our relationship with God’s word. The Bible has been compiled by finding documents in different areas. One of the biggest discoveries came back in 1947 when the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves. These scrolls are believed to have been hidden on the eve of the Roman Destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Nevertheless, regardless where these “notes” from God are found, they send a message; not “Write Me”, but “Follow Me. Trust Me. Obey Me. Honor Me. Love Me.”
I’m confident Larry will find Tim Taylor because he is using every method available at his disposal. However, I’m certain we can find God, because God tells us exactly how to do it. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)Seek. Find. Live.